Parameterization of Solar Absorptivity and Transmissivity Using NIMBUS II Reflectance Data.
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In this study, satellite measurements of reflected solar insolation from NIMBUS II were combined with simultaneous pyrheliometer readings of transmissivity over North America to provide the basis for computation of the atmospheric absorptivity. In the statistical parameterization of the absorptivity, such readily available data as water vapor mass and satellite reflectance were introduced as independent variables in the regression equations. Correlation coefficients between observed regression-determined absorptivities and transmissivities were computed based upon an initial total of 235 data-samples, and the results interpreted.
- Atmospheric Physics