Microwave Spectroscopic Imagery of the Earth

Science  02 Sep 1977:
Vol. 197, Issue 4307, pp. 991-993
DOI: 10.1126/science.197.4307.991


The microwave spectrometer on the Nimbus 6 satellite has produced the first microwave spectral images of the earth. It has yielded global maps of (i) atmospheric temperature profiles, (ii) the distributions of water vapor and liquid water over ocean, and (iii) the coverage and type of ice and snow. The method has potential for operational synoptic monitoring.