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Accuracy of Boundary Layer Temperature Profiles Retrieved With Multifrequency Multiangle Microwave Radiometry

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2 Author(s)
Susanne Crewell ; Ludwig-Maximilians- Univ. of Munich, Munich ; Ulrich Lohnert

The potential of a ground-based microwave temperature profiler to combine full tropospheric profiling with high-resolution profiling of the boundary layer is investigated. For that purpose, statistical retrieval algorithms that incorporate observations from different elevation angles and frequencies are derived from long-term radiosonde data. A simulation study shows the potential to significantly improve the retrieval performance in the lowest kilometer by combining angular information from relatively opaque channels with zenith-only information from more transparent channels. Observations by a state-of-the-art radiometer employed during the International Lindenberg campaign for assessment of humidity and cloud profiling systems and its impact on High-resolution modeling (LAUNCH) in Lindenberg, Germany, are used for an experimental evaluation with observations from a 99-m mast and radiosondes. The comparison not only reveals the high accuracy achieved by combining angular and spectral observations (overall, less than 1 K below 1.5 km), but also emphasizes the need for a realistic description of radiometer noise within the algorithm. The capability of the profiler to observe the height and strength of low-level temperature inversions is highlighted.

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IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing  (Volume:45 ,  Issue: 7 )