DMSP Water Vapor Radiances - A Preliminary Evaluation.
Air Force surveys in geophysics,
AIR FORCE GEOPHYSICS LAB HANSCOM AFB MA
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SSH data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program were received for analysis and evaluation. Valuable inherent water vapor information is contained in the eight DMSP Water Vapor Channels that operate in the 18-30 micrometer rotational water vapor band. Middle andor high tropospheric cloudiness may be determined by analysis of the spectral radiances measured by the various DMSP water vapor channels. Clear or cloudy conditions may be determined by analysis of the slope of the spectral radiance of only three DMSP SSH Channels. Author