Climate and Dynamics
An alternative explanation for differential temperature trends at the surface and in the lower troposphere
Article first published online: 4 NOV 2009
Copyright 2009 by the American Geophysical Union.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres (1984–2012)
Volume 114, Issue D21, 16 November 2009
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2009), An alternative explanation for differential temperature trends at the surface and in the lower troposphere, J. Geophys. Res., 114, D21102, doi:10.1029/2009JD011841., , , , and (
- Issue published online: 4 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 4 NOV 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 AUG 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 30 JUL 2009
- Manuscript Received: 2 FEB 2009
Vol. 115, Issue D1, Article first published online: 12 JAN 2010
- surface temperature;
 This paper investigates surface and satellite temperature trends over the period from 1979 to 2008. Surface temperature data sets from the National Climate Data Center and the Hadley Center show larger trends over the 30-year period than the lower-tropospheric data from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Remote Sensing Systems data sets. The differences between trends observed in the surface and lower-tropospheric satellite data sets are statistically significant in most comparisons, with much greater differences over land areas than over ocean areas. These findings strongly suggest that there remain important inconsistencies between surface and satellite records.