Sounding the Stratosphere and Mesosphere by Infrared Limb Scanning from Space

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Science  25 Apr 1980:
Vol. 208, Issue 4442, pp. 397-399
DOI: 10.1126/science.208.4442.397


Inversion of the measurements obtained by the infrared limb scanner on the Nimbus 6 satellite has demonstrated that the stratospheric and mesospheric temperatures and ozone concentrations may be obtained remotely from space with accuracy and precision comparable to in situ methods. Such global data have many applications in middle atmospheric research and operational temperature sounding.