Studying Earth’s Stratospheric Water Vapor

Mijeong Park examines water vapor with SAGE III satellite

“Because SAGE III provides such a high accuracy data set, we can look at different levels of the atmosphere in more detail than ever before. We can see every kilometer in the vertical profiles of data,” said Mijeong Park, Project Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

In partnership with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the SAGE III team at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, released initial analyses of the SAGE III water vapor data version 5.1 in the paper “Near-Global Variability of Stratospheric Water Vapor Observed by SAGE III/ISS.”

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Using SAGE III water vapor data collected from June 2017 - February 2021, the visualization illustrates the transport of water vapor in Earth’s stratosphere at various altitudes and latitudes. Credits: Mijeong Park/National Center for Atmospheric Research
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