EXPERIMENTAL FEASIBILITY STUDY OF REMOTE MICROWAVE MEASUREMENTS OF ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE.
Final rept., 1 Apr 64-31 Dec 65,
IIT RESEARCH INST CHICAGO ILL
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This report discusses the problem of deducing a profile of atmospheric temperature versus height from an empirically measured profile of integrated radiometer temperature versus elevation angle. The basic radiometer equation is derived and several mathematical techniques for inverting it are discussed. The sources of errors are enumerated, and a quantitative analysis of the propagation of these errors through this inversion process has been done. The relative magnnitude of the resultant errors is given. These results indicate that there are very serious error problems associated with this technique for the measurement of atmospheric temperature. These difficulties indicated by the results of the theoretical study were substantiated by the inversion of four sets of actual radiometric temperature data. Author
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