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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 36 — Dec. 20, 1998
  • pp: 8306–8317

Refractive sounding by use of satellite solar occultation measurements including an assessment of its usefulness to the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment Program

Dale M. Ward and Benjamin M. Herman  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 36, pp. 8306-8317 (1998)

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Vertical profiles of atmospheric density and temperature obtained with the technique of solar refractive sounding can potentially be used to improve satellite solar occultation trace species retrievals by reducing the uncertainties associated with Rayleigh scattering and the temperature dependence of absorption bands. The required refraction measurements and the algorithm utilized to recover density and temperature are described. Simulations are performed to estimate the measurement accuracy that is necessary to retrieve useful meteorological soundings at stratospheric altitudes. The method is applied to data measured by the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) II. Unfortunately, because of poor vertical sampling and measurement uncertainties, the meteorological profiles derived from the SAGE II data are not consistently accurate enough to improve the SAGE II estimates for the concentrations of trace species. However, the qualitatively decent results provide optimism for future development and implementation of visible refractive sounding as a tool to help improve the accuracy of trace species retrievals within solar or stellar occultation experiments, including the SAGE III program.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.3920) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Meteorology
(010.4030) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Mirages and refraction

Original Manuscript: March 12, 1998
Revised Manuscript: September 3, 1998
Published: December 20, 1998

Dale M. Ward and Benjamin M. Herman, "Refractive sounding by use of satellite solar occultation measurements including an assessment of its usefulness to the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment Program," Appl. Opt. 37, 8306-8317 (1998)

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