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  Globally gridded satellite observations for climate studies

Knapp, K., Ansari, S., Bain, C., Bourassa, M., Dickinson, M., Funk, C., et al. (2011). Globally gridded satellite observations for climate studies. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 92, 893-907. doi:10.1175/2011BAMS3039.1.

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Knapp, K.R., Author
Ansari, S., Author
Bain, C.L., Author
Bourassa, M.A., Author
Dickinson, M.J., Author
Funk, C., Author
Helms, C.N., Author
Hennon, C.C., Author
Holmes, C.D., Author
Huffman, G.J., Author
Kossin, J.P., Author
Lee, H.-T., Author
Loew, A.1, 2, Author              
Magnusdottir, G., Author
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1Terrestrial Remote Sensing / HOAPS, The Land in the Earth System, MPI for Meteorology, Max Planck Society, ou_913559              
2CRG Terrestrial Remote Sensing, Research Area A: Climate Dynamics and Variability, The CliSAP Cluster of Excellence, External Organizations, Bundesstraße 53, 20146 Hamburg, DE, ou_2025291              

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 Abstract: Geostationary satellites have now been providing weather data for 50 years. Much of these data have been neglected by climate observation studies due to difficulties with calibration and data processing over such a long period. Collection and data ownership rights were spread out across several international agencies. The ISCCP project is overcoming these barriers and this paper has presented details on the most up-to-date and easily accessible global satellite record: GridSat. This new record provides equal-angle gridded uniform observations of brightness temperatures every 3 h from 1980 to the present for most of the globe. We have demonstrated the multiple and diverse uses of the data for climate analysis made possible by GridSat data-from predicting drought and food security in Africa to the detailed and historical tracking of hurricanes. This only touches on some of the potential uses of GridSat. Accurate records of global atmospheric fields are essential for future research on climate change as well as the understanding of the planet's meteorology. By reconstructing past satellite data and combining them with current satellite observations, a seamless data record has been obtained for the study of Earth's atmospheric state. In addition, GridSat has given a wide range of users very easy access to this new data record. Development of GridSat will continue, focusing on improving the current data files and supporting more applications. © 2011 American Meteorological Society.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2011-09
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1175/2011BAMS3039.1
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Title: Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 92 Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 893 - 907 Identifier: ISSN: 0003-0007
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