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SAGE III temperature and pressure retrievals: initial results
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Paper Abstract

The Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) III is the fourth generation of solar occultation satellite instruments designed by NASA to measure vertical profiles of aerosol extinction and the molecular densities of gaseous species in the atmosphere. With an expanded spectral range compared with its predecessors, SAGE III has the capability to retrieve profiles of atmospheric temperature and pressure utilizing multi-spectral measurements of the oxygen A-band absorption feature near 762 nm. As part of NASA's Earth Science Enterprise, Earth Observing System, the first of two SAGE III instruments was successfully launched onboard the Meteor-3M satellite in December 2001. Given the inherent insensitivity of solar occultation experiments to long-term instrument degradation and the expected lifetime of the instruments (6+ years), the SAGE III instruments should provide a long-term record of self-calibrated, high vertical resolution temperature and pressure measurements. These measurements will be valuable for monitoring temperature trends in the stratosphere and mesosphere and for comparison studies with other temperature data sets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 April 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4882, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere VII, (18 April 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.463004
Show Author Affiliations
Michael C. Pitts, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Larry W. Thomason, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4882:
Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere VII
Klaus P. Schaefer; Olga Lado-Bordowsky; Adolfo Comeron; Richard H. Picard, Editor(s)

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