Suggested Procedures for Operationally Integrating Meteorological Satellite and Conventional Data for Extratropical Regions

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  • 1 ARACON Geophysics Company, Concord, Mass.
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Abstract

The integration of satellite and conventional data can lead to an improved meteorological analysis and interpretation. Procedures for such a data integration are suggested. The advantages that can be gained from this data integration and time-tested techniques, such as continuity, are demonstrated by case examples both for areas of sparse and relatively abundant conventional data. It is shown that, over data sparse areas, the techniques provide a means of obtaining at least a qualitative analysis where none could (or should) be made otherwise. Even for areas of relative data abundance, the techniques can provide improved analyses at the synoptic as well as smaller scales.

Abstract

The integration of satellite and conventional data can lead to an improved meteorological analysis and interpretation. Procedures for such a data integration are suggested. The advantages that can be gained from this data integration and time-tested techniques, such as continuity, are demonstrated by case examples both for areas of sparse and relatively abundant conventional data. It is shown that, over data sparse areas, the techniques provide a means of obtaining at least a qualitative analysis where none could (or should) be made otherwise. Even for areas of relative data abundance, the techniques can provide improved analyses at the synoptic as well as smaller scales.

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