Example of a Taylor plot (Taylor 2001) showing the relationship of 10 SEVIRI cloud-top height retrievals relative to (left) CALIOP and (right) CPR reference observations. The radial distance from the origin represents the standard deviations; the correlation is given by the azimuthal lines with values between 0 and 1, while the root-mean-square difference between the reference and the validation data (test) is plotted as the dashed lines centered around the reference point. The solid isolines represent the skill scores with values between 0 (least skillful) and 1 (most skillful). The standard deviation of the reference observation is represented by the black circle on the x axis, while the red points represent the 10 different cloud-top retrievals. Note that the presented results are based on cloud-top height retrievals provided in 2007, and the current versions of the retrieval algorithms may produce different results.
Citation: Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 94, 4; 10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00041.1