Method and instrument for retrieving total columnar water vapor from solar transmittance

Kurtis J. Thome, Mark W. Smith, James M. Palmer, John A. Reagan

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Abstract

The design of a three-channel solar radiometer for obtaining total columnar water vapor using solar transmittance and differential absorption is presented. Water vapor transmittance is determined using a modified Langley approach and converted to columnar water vapor using a band model developed at the University of Arizona. Several cases are presented in which columnar water vapor amounts determined using the current instrument and method are compared to sounding balloon results. Tests using simulated data indicate that columnar water vapor may be retrieved with an uncertainty less than 10%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsAnton Kohnle, Walter B. Miller
PublisherPubl by Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
Pages526-532
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)081941204X
StatePublished - Dec 1 1993
EventAtmospheric Propagation and Remote Sensing II - Orlando, FL, USA
Duration: Apr 11 1993Apr 16 1993

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume1968
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherAtmospheric Propagation and Remote Sensing II
CityOrlando, FL, USA
Period4/11/934/16/93

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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