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In-flight shortwave calibrations of the active cavity radiometers using tungsten lamps
Author(s): Susan Thomas; Robert Benjamin Lee III; Michael Alan Gibson; Robert S. Wilson; William C. Bolden
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Paper Abstract

The Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) active cavity radiometers are used to measure the incoming solar, reflected shortwave solar, and emitted longwave radiations from the Earth and atmosphere. The radiometers are located on the NASA's Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS) and the NOAA-9 and NOAA-10 spacecraft platforms. Two of the radiometers, one wide field of view (WFOV) and one medium field of view (MFOV), measure the total radiation in the spectral region of 0.2 to 50 microns and the other two radiometers (WFOV and MFOV) measure the shortwave radiation in the spectral region of 0.2 to 5.0 microns. For the in-flight calibrations, tungsten lamp and the sun are used as calibration sources for shortwave radiometers. Descriptions of the tungsten lamp and solar calibration procedures and mechanisms are presented. The tungsten lamp calibration measurements are compared with the measurements of solar calibration for ERBS and NOAA-9 instruments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 1992
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1745, Instrumentation for Planetary and Terrestrial Atmospheric Remote Sensing, (29 June 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.60615
Show Author Affiliations
Susan Thomas, Hughes STX (United States)
Robert Benjamin Lee III, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Michael Alan Gibson, Hughes STX (United States)
Robert S. Wilson, Hughes STX (United States)
William C. Bolden, Hughes STX (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1745:
Instrumentation for Planetary and Terrestrial Atmospheric Remote Sensing
Supriya Chakrabarti; Andrew B. Christensen, Editor(s)

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