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Links to Science Focus articles and public presentations about AIRS data

    The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS), together with the Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit (AMSU) and the Humidity Sounder for Brazil (HSB) on the Aqua mission, represents the most advanced sounding system ever deployed in space. The system is capable of measuring the atmospheric temperature in the troposphere with radiosonde accuracies of 1 K over 1 km-thick layers under both clear and cloudy conditions, while the accuracy of the derived moisture profiles will exceed that obtained by radiosondes. Furthermore, the system provides additional data on land and ocean surface temperature and surface emissivity, cloud fraction and cloud top height, and ozone burden of the atmosphere.

   In this site, we present examples of  AIRS data services and usage in scientific research. These examples provide means for quick and easy grasping of the concepts and scientific information in the AIRS data, and are intended to familiarize users with the AIRS data contents. For general AIRS science applications please see "AIRS Main Science Objectives".





Additionally, the AIRS Science Team maintains a database of AIRS-related publications which the user may find useful:


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