Articles | Volume 13, issue 5
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 1855–1903, 2021
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 1855–1903, 2021

Data description paper 05 May 2021

Data description paper | 05 May 2021

Overview and update of the SPARC Data Initiative: comparison of stratospheric composition measurements from satellite limb sounders

Michaela I. Hegglin et al.


Interactive discussion

Status: closed
Status: closed
AC: Author comment | RC: Referee comment | SC: Short comment | EC: Editor comment
Printer-friendly Version - Printer-friendly version Supplement - Supplement

Peer-review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Michaela I. Hegglin on behalf of the Authors (15 Mar 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (24 Mar 2021) by David Carlson
Short summary
An overview of the SPARC Data Initiative is presented, to date the most comprehensive assessment of stratospheric composition measurements spanning 1979–2018. Measurements of 26 chemical constituents obtained from an international suite of space-based limb sounders were compiled into vertically resolved, zonal monthly mean time series. The quality and consistency of these gridded datasets are then evaluated using a climatological validation approach and a range of diagnostics.