Global variation of COSMIC precipitable water over land: Comparisons with ground-based GPS measurements and NCEP reanalyses

Ching Yuang Huang, Wen Hsin Teng, Shu Peng Ho, Ying Hwa Kuo

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Abstract

Radio occultation (RO) observations of precipitable water (PW) from the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC) are compared with ground-based Global Positioning System (GPS) PW for 6 years (2007-2012). From comparisons of more than 120,000 collocated samples, differences in PW between RO and GPS exhibit a standard deviation of less than 3 mm with a global correlation of 0.96 to 0.97. The monthly mean RO PW is also compared to the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) reanalyses. PWs over land for RO, GPS, and reanalyses are highly correlated in each hemisphere. We also used the RO data to explore the variation of the monthly mean PW in four regions (Tibetan Plateau, central Australia, Amazon Basin, and central Africa) where ground stations are few. This study highlights the characteristics of these PW climatologies, suggesting that the RO data are useful complements to global reanalyses and other data sets. Key Points Comparison between COSMIC PW and ground-based PW shows a correlation of 0.97 COSMIC RO data can improve global monitoring of PW over lands COSMIC RO data explore the evolution of monthly mean PW in four regions

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5327-5331
Number of pages5
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume40
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - 16 Oct 2013

Keywords

  • COSMIC
  • PW

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