Multi-resolution analysis, entropic information and the performance of atmospheric sounding radiometers

G. E. Peckham

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The performance of remote-sounding radiometers measuring properties of the earth's atmosphere is analysed through a multi-resolution wavelet transform. This technique allows the uncertainty in retrieved atmospheric profiles to be determined as a function of both altitude and scale of patterns in the profile. Multi-resolution analysis may be applied to a number of indicators of the quality of a measurement including entropic information. The apportionment of performance indicators to specific altitude ranges and pattern scales facilities a comparison with performance requirements. The analysis is illustrated through a simple model of a remote-sounding radiometer and by application to the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2933-2949
Number of pages17
JournalQuarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society
Issue number569
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Atmosphere
  • Entropy
  • Information theory
  • Infrared atmospheric sounding interferometer(IASI)
  • Multi-resolution
  • Radiometry
  • Remote sensing
  • Remote sounding
  • Retrieval
  • Wavelet


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