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    Brief Communications Arising: Atmospheric science: Tropospheric temperature series from satellites


    Tett, Simon F.B. and Thorne, Peter (2004) Brief Communications Arising: Atmospheric science: Tropospheric temperature series from satellites. Nature, 432 (7017). ISSN 1476-4687

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    Abstract

    Arising from: Q. Fu et al. Nature 429, 55–58 (2004); see also communication from Gillett et al.; Fu et al. reply There has been considerable debate about changes in the temperature of the troposphere1 measured using the Microwave Sounding Unit (MSU) instrument2, 3 or radiosondes4, 5. Fu et al.6 linearly combine time series from two MSU channels to estimate vertically integrated 850–300-hPa temperatures and claim consistency between surface and free-troposphere warming for one MSU record. We believe that their approach overfits the data, produces trends that overestimate warming and gives overly optimistic uncertainty estimates. There still remain large differences between observed tropospheric temperature trends and those simulated by a climate model.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Brief Communications Arising; Atmospheric science; Tropospheric temperature series; satellites;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, ICARUS
    Item ID: 6574
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1038/nature03208
    Depositing User: Peter Thorne
    Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2015 17:12
    Journal or Publication Title: Nature
    Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
    Refereed: Yes
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