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Processing of COSMIC radio occultation data and cross-center comparison. K. B. Lauritsen (DMI), M. E. Gorbunov (IAP), S. S. Leroy (HSEAS), A. V. Shmakov (IAP). Presentation based on paper: M. E. Gorbunov, A. V. Shmakov, S. S. Leroy, K. B. Lauritsen, Submitted to J. Atm. Ocean. Tech. (2010).

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Processing of COSMIC radio occultation data and cross-center comparison

K. B. Lauritsen (DMI), M. E. Gorbunov (IAP),

S. S. Leroy (HSEAS), A. V. Shmakov (IAP)

Presentation based on paper:

M. E. Gorbunov, A. V. Shmakov, S. S. Leroy, K. B. Lauritsen,

Submitted to J. Atm. Ocean. Tech. (2010)

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COSMIC data & ECMWF fields

  • Processed COSMIC data:
  • 20 days from each of the years 2007, 2008, 2009 (from 2009: data version 2009.2650 starting April 1);
  • Processing of atmPhs files with OCC (similar to GRAS SAF ROPP_PP software);
  • Results are compared to:
  • - UCAR processed data: atmPrf files (refractivities);
  • - ECMWF analyses (refractivities);

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OCC processing and options

State of the art Fourier integral operator code (CT2) ensures high accuracy (GO used above 25 km)

SO: optimal linear combination based on initialization to ECMWF or 2-parameter fitted MSIS climatology

Quality control based on L2-signal and SO-solution: Q = QL2 + QSO

Cutoff of u(t): at SLTA = -250 km

Radio-holographic (RH) filtering:

- phase: no; CT-amplitude: yes

- full RH filtering results in positive bias from suppression of large BAs and MP structures in wide-band signal tails [Sokolovskiy, 2009]

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OCC 2009: #occ

About half

the profiles

penetrate

down to 1 km

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rh filtering phase yes ct amplitude yes

Tropics (0-300), with RH-filtering

RH filtering:

phase: yes

CT-amplitude: yes

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rh filtering phase no ct amplitude no

Tropics (0-300), with no RH-filtering

RH filtering:

phase: no

CT-amplitude: no

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cutoff at slta 150 km rh filtering phase yes 2 parameter msis fit

OCC-UCAR: 2009 REF, alternative options

Cutoff at SLTA = -150 km

RH filtering: phase: yes

2-parameter MSIS fit

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OCC-UCAR: 2009 REF, optimal options

Cutoff at SLTA = -250 km

RH filtering: phase: no

Initialization to ECMWF

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OCC-ECMWF differences : 2007, 2008, 2009

Change in ECMWF cycle 32r3 in 2008:

i) COSMIC RO assimilated to surface

ii) updated convection and entrainment physics

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Results

Comparison of OCC and UCAR refractivities for three different years (2007, 2008, 2009)

Tropics:

- relative difference is smaller than 0.1% for 2-30 km (and smaller than 0.03% for 9-25 km)

- 0.2% bias below 1 km, due to different cutoff and filtering

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fin

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