Water Vapor from NVAP

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Water Vapor from NVAP
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The NASA Water Vapor Project (NVAP) total column water vapor (aka, precipitable water) data sets comprise a combination of radiosonde observations, Television and Infrared Operational Satellite (TIROS) Operational Vertical Sounders (TOVS), and Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I) data sets. These data sets span 14 years (1988 - 2001) and contain total and layered global water vapor data.

Key Strengths

Key Strengths

Direct observations of water vapor

Key Limitations

Key Limitations

Changes in algorithms result in time series (almost) unuseable for climate studies

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Suggested Data Citation
Dataset DOIs
None
Hosted Climate Index Files
None
Data Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None

Key Figures

NVAP total precipitable water anomalies 1988-1999; region 10S-20N, 120-270E.

NVAP January Climatology (1988-1999); anomalies for January 1998.

Other Information

Earth system components and main variables

Years of record
to
Data time period extended
No, data set not being extended
Timestep
Daily, Monthly
Domain
Formats:
Input Data

satellite

Vertical Levels:
None
Missing Data Flag
Missing data present
Ocean or Land
Ocean & Land
Spatial Resolution

1° X 1°

Model Resolution (reanalysis)
None
Data Assimilation Method
None
Model Vintage (reanalysis)
None