VAP : AERI Profiles of Water Vapor and Temperature (AERIPROF)

Instrument Categories
Radiometric, Derived Quantities and Models

AERI profiles of water vapor and temperature are retrieved about every 8 minutes and supplement other methods of determining the structure of the lower atmosphere. These profiles are the result of taking the inverse of the radiative transfer equation, which can be unstable. Statistical first-guess profiles prevent the inversion from becoming unstable. The profiles are derived from a historical database of radiosondes and model calculations (at AERI resolution) from the radiosondes at the Southern Great Plains (SGP) site. They are then smoothed to remove all but the gross structure, allowing the retrieval process to put the structure back into the profile.<

For more details, see the AERI Profiles of Water Vapor and Temperature web page and for more information on the QME AERI process, see the QME Comparing AERI Retrieved Profiles with In-situ Measurements web page.

Output Products

  • aeri01prof3feltz : Profiles of temperature and water vapor physically retrieved from the AERI spectra
  • aeriprof : AERI: profiles of temperature and mixing ratio
  • aeriprof3feltz : Profiles of temperature and water vapor physically retrieved from the AERI spectra
  • gaeriprof : AERI: temperature and mixing ratio profiles, AERI & GOES spectra
  • qmeaeriprof : QME: derived AERI, tower, sonde profiles of temp & water vapor

Primary Measurements

The following measurements are those considered scientifically relevant.

Locations

Southern Great Plains
SGPB1Browse DataHillsboro, KS (Boundary)
SGPB4Browse DataVici, OK (Boundary)
SGPB5Browse DataMorris, OK (Boundary)
SGPB6Browse DataPurcell, OK
SGPC1Browse DataCentral Facility, Lamont, OK

Contact(s)

Tim Shippert
Developer
5093755997
tr_shippert@pnnl.gov

Laura Riihimaki
Translator
(509) 375-6406
laura.riihimaki@pnnl.gov