Precise Monitoring of Global Temperature Trends from Satellites

  title={Precise Monitoring of Global Temperature Trends from Satellites},
  author={Roy W. Spencer and John R. Christy},
  pages={1558 - 1562}
Passive microwave radiometry from satellites provides more precise atmospheric temperature information than that obtained from the relatively sparse distribution of thermometers over the earth's surface. Accurate global atmospheric temperature estimates are needed for detection of possible greenhouse warming, evaluation of computer models of climate change, and for understanding important factors in the climate system. Analysis of the first 10 years (1979 to 1988) of satellite measurements of… 

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provided the MSU data used in this study; R

  • Hood provided data processing and programming support; N. Grody collaborated on portions of this research and provided general advice; F. Wentz provided updated sea surface emissivity estimates; P. Olsen, F. Soltis, and P. Swanson assisted us in obtaining technical data on the MSU; G. Wilson helped
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Wilson helped obtain the satellite data sets; discussions with J. Dodge and R. McNider led to the present research