Global Satellite Temperature Products, Methods and Results

Roy W. Spencer, John R. Christy, and William D. Braswell. UAH Version 6 Global Satellite Temperature Products: Methodology and Results. Asia-Pac. J. Atmos. Sci., 53(1), 121-130, 2017  DOI:10.1007/s13143-017-0010-y

Version 6 of the UAH MSU/AMSU global satellite temperature dataset represents an extensive revision of the procedures employed in previous versions of the UAH datasets. The two most significant results from an end-user perspective are (1) a decrease in the global-average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) trend from +0.14o C decade−1 to +0.11o C decade−1 (Jan. 1979 through Dec. 2015); and (2) the geographic distribution of the LT trends, including higher spatial resolution, owing to a new method for computing LT. We describe the major changes in processing strategy, including a new method for monthly gridpoint averaging which uses all of the footprint data yet eliminates the need for limb correction; a new multi-channel (rather than multi-angle) method for computing the lower tropospheric (LT) temperature product which requires an additional tropopause (TP) channel to be used; and a new empirical method for diurnal drift correction. We show results for LT, the midtroposphere (MT, from MSU2/AMSU5), and lower stratosphere (LS, from MSU4/AMSU9). A 0.03o C decade−1 reduction in the global LT trend from the Version 5.6 product is partly due to lesser sensitivity of the new LT to land surface skin temperature (est. 0.01o C decade−1 ), with the remainder of the reduction (0.02o C decade−1 ) due to the new diurnal drift adjustment, the more robust method of LT calculation, and other changes in processing procedures.

 

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