Recent global warming as confirmed by AIRS
We may actually have been underestimating how much warmer [the Arctic’s] been getting.
Gavin Schmidt, Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which keeps the temperature data, and study co-author
- Presents Atmospheric Infra-Red Sounder (AIRS) surface skin temperature anomalies for the period 2003 through 2017, and compares them to station-based analyses of surface air temperature anomalies (principally the Goddard Institute for Space Studies Surface Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP))
- States that AIRS surface temperatures are completely satellite-based and are totally independent of any surface-based measurements
- Shows that satellite-based surface temperatures can serve as an important validation of surface-based estimates and help to improve surface-based data sets in a way that can be extended back many decades to further scientific research
- Finds that AIRS surface temperatures have better spatial coverage than those of GISTEMP, though at the global annual scale the two data sets are highly coherent — as in the surface-based analyses, 2016 was the warmest year yet