Accession Number : AD0818839

Title :   COMPUTATIONS OF DOWNWARD RADIATION FLUX BASED UPON A RANDOM SAMPLE OF RADIOSONDE OBSERVATIONS, AND CORRELATION OF THE RESULTS WITH CORRESPONDING SIMULATED NIMBUS II SATELLITE AIR MASS PROPERTIES.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Tupaz, Jesus Bonifacio

Report Date : JUN 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 72

Abstract : Relying heavily on the Elsasser and Culbertson (1960) computational system, computations of terrestrial radiation incident at a black body interface have been programmed for an arbitrary atmospheric sounding. The program has been applied to a random sampling of 62 radiosondes from the 'Wark-sounding-catalog.' Since Wark et al. (1966) have kindly made available simulated Nimbus II channel 2 and channel 4 specific intensities for these same atmospheres, a multivariate regression was derived relating downward flux computations to Nimbus II channel 2 and channel 4 readouts as well as to two other gross air parameters: (a) total reduced water vapor depth, and (b) interface pressure. All four independent variables gave high statistical significance, with channel 4 filtered flux accounting for the major portion of the 'explained variance' of the dependent variable. Total ozone was also tested but yielded no statistical significance on the regression. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*THERMAL RADIATION, SOILS), (*ATMOSPHERIC SOUNDING, THERMAL RADIATION), BLACKBODY RADIATION, RADIOSONDES, HEAT FLUX, INFRARED RADIATION, SAMPLING, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, REGRESSION ANALYSIS, CORRELATION TECHNIQUES, WATER VAPOR, OZONE, THESES, CARBON DIOXIDE, METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITES, SIMULATION.

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
      Thermodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE