The vertical resolution of satellite borne radiometers for atmospheric measurements

G. E. Peckham

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Temperature and composition profiles of the earth's atmosphere may be deduced from measurements of emitted thermal radiation made by satellite borne instruments. In this paper, linear system theory is applied to radiometers for atmospheric remote sensing. Fourier transform methods, commonly used in the analysis of time dependent or spatial signal processing systems, provide a quantitative relationship between vertical resolution and precision through the spatial wavenumber response function. Simplified atmospheric and spectroscopic models are used to determine the response functions for several types of nadir and limb sounding radiometers. -from Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1557-1569
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Remote Sensing
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1995


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