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  • Editor: Bernard Kippelen
  • Vol. 19, Iss. S3 — May. 9, 2011
  • pp: A340–A360

Rigorous determination of stratospheric water vapor trends from MIPAS observations

Simone Ceccherini, Bruno Carli, Piera Raspollini, and Marco Ridolfi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue S3, pp. A340-A360 (2011)

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The trend of stratospheric water vapor as a function of latitude is estimated by the MIPAS measurements by means of a new method that uses the measurement space solution. The method uses all the information provided by the observations avoiding the artifacts introduced by the a priori information and by the interpolation to different vertical grids. The analysis provides very precise values of the trends that, however, are limited by a relatively large systematic error induced by the radiometric calibration error of the instrument. The results show in the five years from 2005 to 2009 a dependence on latitude of the stratospheric (from 37 to 53 km) water vapor trend with a positive value of (0.41 ± 0.16)%yr−1 in the northern hemisphere and less than 0.16%yr−1 in the southern hemisphere.

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OCIS Codes
(000.3860) General : Mathematical methods in physics
(010.1280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric composition
(010.7340) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Water
(100.3190) Image processing : Inverse problems
(280.4991) Remote sensing and sensors : Passive remote sensing

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

Original Manuscript: February 23, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 31, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: April 2, 2011
Published: May 2, 2011

Simone Ceccherini, Bruno Carli, Piera Raspollini, and Marco Ridolfi, "Rigorous determination of stratospheric water vapor trends from MIPAS observations," Opt. Express 19, A340-A360 (2011)

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