Remote Sensing of Temperature Profiles in the Atmosphere
WISCONSIN UNIV-MADISON DEPT OF STATISTICS
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Remote sensing of the atmosphere is a rapidly developing science. Todays meteorological satellites such as those in the TIROS-N series have high resolution instruments on board which measure the intensity of upwelling radiation in selected channel frequencies. A description of the data retrieved by the radiometers on the TIROS-N type satellites can be found in 7. From these data it is possible to obtain information on the atmospheres temperature, moisture and wind structure. One of the goals of the current Satellite Meteorology program is to improve the quality of atmospheric information obtained from satellite soundings to a point where it can be used for weather forecasting purposes. A major challenge in this direction is to develop refined numerical and statistical methods for inverting the equations of radiative transfer given a finite number of noisy measurements.