Determination of precipitable water from solar transmission

K. J. Thome, B. M. Herman, J. A. Reagan

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A method of determining precipitable water to within 10% from solar radiometer data has been developed. The method uses a modified Langley technique to obtain the water vapor optical depth, and a model developed at the University of Arizona is used to convert this to a precipitable water amount. The method is applied to two- and three-channel radiometric data and is compared to results obtained from empirical methods and to radiosonde data. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-165
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Meteorology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992

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  • Atmospheric Science


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