COMPUTATIONS OF DOWNWARD RADIATION FLUX BASED UPON A RANDOM SAMPLE OF RADIOSONDE OBSERVATIONS, AND CORRELATION OF THE RESULTS WITH CORRESPONDING SIMULATED NIMBUS II SATELLITE AIR MASS PROPERTIES.
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Relying heavily on the Elsasser and Culbertson 1960 computational system, computations of terrestrial radiation incident at a black body interface have been programmed for an arbitrary atmospheric sounding. The program has been applied to a random sampling of 62 radiosondes from the Wark-sounding-catalog. Since Wark et al. 1966 have kindly made available simulated Nimbus II channel 2 and channel 4 specific intensities for these same atmospheres, a multivariate regression was derived relating downward flux computations to Nimbus II channel 2 and channel 4 readouts as well as to two other gross air parameters a total reduced water vapor depth, and b interface pressure. All four independent variables gave high statistical significance, with channel 4 filtered flux accounting for the major portion of the explained variance of the dependent variable. Total ozone was also tested but yielded no statistical significance on the regression. Author
- Atmospheric Physics