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Sounding the upper mesosphere using broadband solar occultation: initial results from the SOFIE experiment
Author(s): Larry L. Gordley; Mark E. Hervig; James M. Russell; Gregory J. Paxton; Lance E. Deaver; John C. Burton; R. E. Thompson; Christopher W. Brown; Brian E. Magill; Marty McHugh
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Paper Abstract

The Solar Occultation For Ice Experiment (SOFIE) was launched onboard the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite on 25 April 2007, and began science observations on 14 May 2007. SOFIE conducts solar occultation measurements in 16 spectral bands that are used to retrieval vertical profiles of temperature, O3, H2O, CO2, CH4, NO, and polar mesospheric cloud (PMC) extinction at 11 wavelengths. SOFIE provides 15 sunrise and 15 sunset measurements each day at latitudes from 65°-85°S and 65°-85°N. This work describes the SOFIE experiment and shows preliminary retrieval results based on observations from the initial months on-orbit.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2007
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6678, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XV, 66780Y (26 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.730956
Show Author Affiliations
Larry L. Gordley, GATS, Inc. (United States)
Mark E. Hervig, GATS, Inc. (United States)
James M. Russell, Hampton Univ. (United States)
Gregory J. Paxton, GATS, Inc. (United States)
Lance E. Deaver, GATS, Inc. (United States)
John C. Burton, GATS, Inc. (United States)
R. E. Thompson, GATS, Inc. (United States)
Christopher W. Brown, GATS, Inc. (United States)
Brian E. Magill, GATS, Inc. (United States)
Marty McHugh, GATS, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6678:
Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XV
Marija Strojnik-Scholl, Editor(s)

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