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Synthetic Microwave Sounding Unit (MSU) temperatures

1. New Synthetic MSU Data (2011)

We now employ a new method to calculate synthetic Microwave Sounding Unit (MSU) atmospheric temperatures from climate model simulation output. This method was developed by Dr. Carl Mears at Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) in Santa Rosa, California. The method relies on local weighting functions, whose values are dependent on the surface pressure and surface type at each model grid-point. The method is fully described in:

Mears, C.A., B.D. Santer, C.S. Doutriaux, and F.J. Wentz, 2011: Calculating synthetic microwave sounder brightness temperatures from discrete-level data. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology (in review).

This new method has been applied to simulation output from phase 3 of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP-3). The synthetic MSU lower tropospheric temperatures calculated from CMIP-3 output are analyzed in:

Santer, B.D., C. Mears, C. Doutriaux, P. Caldwell, P.J. Gleckler, T.M.L. Wigley, S. Solomon, N.P. Gillett, D. Ivanova, T.R. Karl, J.R. Lanzante, G.A. Meehl, P.A. Stott, K.E. Taylor, P.W. Thorne, M.F. Wehner, and F.J. Wentz, 2011: Separating signal and noise in atmospheric temperature changes: The importance of timescale. Journal of Geophysical Research (Atmospheres) doi:10.1029/2011JD016263, in press (available online in the JGR "Papers in press" section).

To download the synthetic MSU temperature data used in Santer et al. (2011), and to see more information regarding the calculation of these temperatures, go to New Synthetic MSU Data 2011

2. Raw Synthetic MSU Data (2008)

"Synthetic MSU temperatures from 49 simulations of 20th century climate change were calculated as described in Santer, B.D., et al., 2008: Consistency of modeled and observed temperature trends in the tropical troposphere. International Journal of Climatology, 28, 1703-1722, doi:10.1002/joc.1756."

To download the data used in the above article and read about the details on the derivation see
Synthetic MSU Data

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