DOUBLE BOLOMETER MEASUREMENTS OF THE EFFECTS OF ATMOSPHERIC RADIATORS.
WISCONSIN UNIV MADISON DEPT OF METEOROLOGY
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The feasibility and testing of an air-borne, double bolometer radiometer technique for deriving atmospheric water vapor profiles at modest cost is illustrated. To achieve these results with shelf equipment, the radiative transfer equations are solved for the water vapor transmissivity at aircraft holding levels using observed upward irradiances as input data. The transfer solutions are obtained from computer programs developed specifically for this purpose. Results indicate an accuracy at least as good as that of the standard sounding electrical hygrometer but with measurements obtained at levels much higher than those at which hygrometer observations are possible. The implications for use on high-flying jet or special purpose aircraft or on rockets are presented. Author