Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 8, 61–78, 2016
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 8, 61–78, 2016

Review article 11 Feb 2016

Review article | 11 Feb 2016

The SPARC Data Initiative: comparisons of CFC-11, CFC-12, HF and SF6 climatologies from international satellite limb sounders

S. Tegtmeier et al.

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Short summary
The first comprehensive intercomparison of CFC-11, CFC-12, HF, and SF6 satellite data was performed as part of the SPARC Data Initiative following a new "top-down" concept of satellite measurement validation and thus providing a global picture of the data characteristics. The comparisons will provide basic information on quality and consistency of the various data sets and will serve as a guide for their use in empirical studies of climate and variability, and in model-measurement comparisons.