PROGRESS ON A STUDY OF ATMOSPHERIC CIRCULATION TO 200 KILOMETERS IN TERMS OF DENSITY.
Scientific rept. no. 3,
ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH LAB UNIV OF OKLAHOMA RESEARCH INST NORMAN
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This report presents a summary of the results to date of a study of circulation to 200 km altitude in terms of density. Equations are developed which describe the behavior of density in hydrostatic atmospheres in general. The effects of vetical motion on the density departure from standard is shown for three hypothetical atmospheres. A method is developed for determination of the slopes of constant density surfaces from the wind field. The results of applying this method to the wind data taken from the Meteoralogical Rocket Network are given. A simple two-dimensional model for the atmosphere between 90 and 220 km is constructed. This model is based on assumed equilibrium between absorption of solar electromagnetic radiation and downward conduction of thermal energy. Author