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Rossow 1993

Rossow, W., 1993: Satellite orbit and data sampling requirements. In Long-Term Monitoring of Global Climate Forcings and Feedbacks, NASA CP-3234. J. Hansen, W. Rossow, and I. Fung, Eds., National Aeronautics and Space Administration, pp. 57-67.

Climate forcings and feedbacks vary over a wide range of time and space scales. The operation of non-linear feedbacks can couple variations at widely separated time and space scales and cause climatological phenomena to be intermittent. Consequently, monitoring of global, decadal changes in climate requires global observations that cover the whole range of space-time scales and are continuous over several decades. The sampling of smaller space-time scales must have sufficient statistical accuracy to measure the small changes in the forcings and feedbacks anticipated in the next few decades, while continuity of measurements is crucial for unambiguous interpretation of climate change. Shorter records of monthly and regional (500-1000 km) measurements with similar accuracies can also provide valuable information about climate processes, when "natural experiments", such as large volcanic eruptions or El Ninos occur. In this section existing satellite datasets and climate model simulations are used to test the satellite orbits and sampling required to achieve accurate measurements of changes in forcings and feedbacks at monthly frequency and 1000 km (regional) scale.

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  author={Rossow, W.},
  editor={Hansen, J. and Rossow, W. and Fung, I.},
  title={Satellite orbit and data sampling requirements},
  booktitle={Long-Term Monitoring of Global Climate Forcings and Feedbacks},
  publisher={National Aeronautics and Space Administration},
  address={Washington, D.C.},

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AU  - Rossow, W.
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ED  - Rossow, W.
ED  - Fung, I.
PY  - 1993
TI  - Satellite orbit and data sampling requirements
BT  - Long-Term Monitoring of Global Climate Forcings and Feedbacks
SP  - 57
EP  - 67
PB  - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
CY  - Washington, D.C.
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