Development of a multi-frequency microwave radiometer for the measurement of atmospheric water vapor and temperature profiles
AdvisorReagan, John A.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe development of a system capable of continuously monitoring atmospheric brightness temperatures at H₂O and O₂ absorption/emission windows is discussed. Designed for remote (unattended) operation, the system employs radiometric technology and operates at microwave frequencies, thereby achieving essentially all-weather operation. The design, construction and calibration of the radiometer system are described. In addition, some of the physics and mathematics on which the theory of atmospheric radiative transfer is based is presented. Examples of measurements made during the system's first operational performance study is presented along with preliminary calibration calculations. Future work required to refine the measurement and calibration techniques is discussed.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Electrical and Computer Engineering