AGU Session C039. The Looming Gap in Microwave Radiometer Coverage

27 July 2017 Published by

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Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract to:

Session ID: 26586
Session Title: C039. The Looming Gap in Microwave Radiometer Coverage  and its Potential Impact on Climate Records

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DMSP/SSMI and JAXA/AMSR family of sensors have been, and continue to be, of enormous benefit to the civilian scientific community.  Beginning in 1978 with Nimbus-7, we have an almost 40-year-long climate record, most notably coverage of sea ice in the Arctic and snow on land.   The radiometers operating on F-16 F-17, F-18 and AMSR-2 are well beyond their 5-year design life.  F-19 failed on orbit and F-20 was scrapped. Of concern will be the loss of frequencies below 23Ghz . The sea ice researchers will not be the only ones impacted, the all-weather SST capability of microwave radiometry is critical for observations at high latitudes.  There are no NOAA, NASA, JAXA, or ESA plans for lower frequency PM satellite launches before 2022. This session will focus on: How did we get here? What is the potential impact? What can we do about it? What about Roscosmos, ISRO and the CMA?

Primary Convener: David W Gallaher, National Snow and Ice Data Center, Boulder, CO, United States
Convener:  Stan Wilson, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, United States


The AGU 2017 Fall Meeting will be held on 11-15, Dec. 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.