Articles | Volume 13, issue 6
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 2471–2485, 2021
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 2471–2485, 2021

Data description paper 03 Jun 2021

Data description paper | 03 Jun 2021

Intercomparisons, error assessments, and technical information on historical upper-air measurements

Noemi Imfeld et al.


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on essd-2020-395', Anonymous Referee #1, 12 Feb 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on essd-2020-395', Anonymous Referee #2, 28 Mar 2021
  • AC1: 'Reply to RC1 and RC2', Imfeld Noemi, 22 Apr 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Imfeld Noemi on behalf of the Authors (26 Apr 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (28 Apr 2021) by Qingxiang Li
Short summary
Upper-air data form the backbone of reanalysis products, particularly in the pre-satellite era. However, historical upper-air data are error-prone because measurements at high altitude were especially challenging. Here, we present a collection of data from historical intercomparisons of radiosondes and error assessments reaching back to the 1930s that may allow us to better characterize such errors. The full database, including digitized data, images, and metadata, is made publicly available.