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An interim reference model for the variability of the middle atmosphere water vapor distributionA reference model for the middle atmosphere water vapor distribution for some latitudes and seasons was developed using two data sets. One is the seven months of Nimbus LIMS data obtained during November 1978 to May 1979 over the range 64 deg S - 84 deg N latitude and from about 100-mb to 1-mb altitude, and the other is represented by water vapor profiles from 0.2 mb to 0.01 mb in the mid-mesosphere, measured on ground at several fixed mid-latitude sites in the Northern Hemisphere, using microwave-emission techniques. This model provides an interim water vapor profile for the entire vertical range of the middle atmosphere, with accuracies of better than 25 percent. The daily variability of stratospheric water vapor profiles about the monthly mean is demonstrated, and information is provided on the longitudinal variability of LIMS water vapor profiles about the daily, weekly, and monthly zonal means.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Remsberg, E. E. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Russell, J. M., III (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Wu, C.-Y. (ST Systems Corp. Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 14, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1990
Publication Information
Publication: Advances in Space Research
Volume: 10
Issue: 6, 19
ISSN: 0273-1177
Subject Category
Distribution Limits