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Validation of FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC level 2 "atmPrf" global temperature data in the stratosphere

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Author(s): U. Das | C. J. Pan

Journal: Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussions
ISSN 1867-8610

Volume: 6;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 6187;
Date: 2013;
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ABSTRACT
GPS radio occultations by Formosa Satellite mission-3/Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC) provide refractivity profiles, which are processed real-time to give profiles of temperature and water vapour in the lower atmosphere and electron density in the upper atmosphere. The new "atmPrf" (atmospheric profile) product gives temperature from surface to 0.2 hPa (~60 km). This is a dry temperature data product that does not include relative humidity in the inversion process and hence is reliable at and above the tropopause (>100 hPa) and erroneous in the troposphere (
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