Horizontal Temperature Variability in the Stratosphere: Global Variations Inferred from CRISTA Data
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC E O HULBURT CENTER FOR SPACE RESEARCH
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In two separate orbital campaigns November, 1994 and August, 1997, the Cryogenic Infrared Spectrometers and Telescopes for the Atmosphere CRISTA instrument acquired global stratospheric data of high accuracy and high spatial resolution. The standard limb-scanned CRISTA measurements resolved atmospheric spatial structures with vertical dimensions greater than or equal to 1.5 - 2 km and horizontal dimensions is greater than or equal to 100 - 200 km. A fluctuation analysis of horizontal temperature distributions derived from these data is presented. This method is somewhat complementary to conventional power-spectral analysis techniques.
- Atmospheric Physics