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Acronyms ACSYS Arctic Climate Systems Study AIRS Advanced Infrared Sounder AMSU-B Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit ARM Atmospheric Radiation Measurement CLIVAR Climate Variability and Predictability DIAL Differential Absorption Lidar DOE Department of Energy GCIP GEWEX Continental-Scale International Project GEWEX Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment GPS Global Positioning System GVaP GEWEX Global Water Vapor Project MDCRS Meteorological Data Collection and Reporting System MHS Microwave Humidity Sensor NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration NCEP National Centers for Environmental Prediction NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NVAP NASA Water Vapor Project SPARC Stratospheric Processes and their Role in Climate SSM/] Special Sensor Microwave/Imager TIROS Television and Infrared Observation Satellite TOVS TIROS Operational Vertical Sounder UTH upper tropospheric humidity V~BI very long baseline interferometry WCRP World Climate Research Programme WVSS Water Vapor Sensing System 17

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