Zhang, Bohai; Cressie, Noel; and Wunch, Debra, Statistical properties of atmospheric greenhouse gas measurements: looking down from space and looking up from the ground, National Institute for Applied Statistics Research Australia, University of Wollongong, Working Paper 08-16, 2016, 22.
Remote sensing platforms can collect measurements on a global scale within a few days, which provides an unprecedented opportunity to characterize and understand the spatio-temporal variability of environmental variables. Because of the additional challenges of making precise and accurate measurements from space, it is essential to validate satellite remote sensing datasets with highly precise and accurate ground-based measurements. The focus of this article is on two sets of measurements: Atmospheric column-averaged carbon dioxide (CO 2) collected by the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission in its target mode of operation; and ground-based data used for validation from the Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON). The current statistical modeling of the relationship between the OCO-2 data and the TCCON data assumes a linear regression and different measurement errors that reside in both the TCCON data and the OCO-2 data. To obtain consistent estimates of the regression coefficients, it is critical to determine the error variance of each datum in the regression. In this article, a rigorous statistical procedure is presented for obtaining the error variances through modeling the spatial and/or temporal dependence structure in the OCO-2 and TCCON datasets. Numerical results for analyzing a pair of datasets at the Lamont TCCON station and OCO-2 orbit number 3590 illustrate our procedure.