satellite techniques for observing the temperature structure of the atmosphere

W. L. Smith National Environmental Satellite Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington, D.C. 20233

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The importance of global atmospheric temperature soundings determined from satellite radiometric measurements has long been recognized by the scientific community. Several remote sounding techniques have been proposed for determining the thermal structure of the atmosphere. This paper reviews the physical concepts of various satellite sounding methods showing empirical results to demonstrate their viability.

1 Paper presented at the International Conference on Aerospace and Aeronautical Meteorology of the American Meteorological Society, 22–26 May 1972, Washington, D.C.

The importance of global atmospheric temperature soundings determined from satellite radiometric measurements has long been recognized by the scientific community. Several remote sounding techniques have been proposed for determining the thermal structure of the atmosphere. This paper reviews the physical concepts of various satellite sounding methods showing empirical results to demonstrate their viability.

1 Paper presented at the International Conference on Aerospace and Aeronautical Meteorology of the American Meteorological Society, 22–26 May 1972, Washington, D.C.

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