Accession Number:

ADA035728

Title:

U.S. Standard Atmosphere, 1976

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION ROCKVILLE MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1976-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

241.0

Abstract:

The U.S. Standard Atmosphere, 1976, which is a revision of the U.S. Standard Atmosphere, 1962, was generated under the impetus of increased knowledge of the upper atmosphere obtained over the past solar cycle. Above 50 km, this Standard is based on extensive new rocket data and theory for the mesosphere and lower thermosphere, and on the vast resources of satellite data for the thermosphere acquired over more than one complete solar cycle. This Standard is identical with the ICAO Standard 1964 up to 32 km and the ISO standard 1973 to 50 km. Part 1 gives the basis for computation of the main tables of atmospheric properties, including values of physical constants, conversion factors, and definitions of derived properties. Part 2 describes the model and data used up to 85 km, in the first section and the model and data used above 85 km, in the second section. The theoretical basis of the high- altitude model is given in an appendix. Part 3 contains information on minor constituents in the troposphere, stratosphers, and mesosphere. The main tables of atmospheric properties to 1000 km are given in Part 4. The international system of metric units is used. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE