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Thermal Emission Spectra of the Earth and Atmosphere from the Nimbus 4 Michelson Interferometer Experiment


Profiles of atmospheric temperature, humidity and ozone can be recovered from the thermal emission spectra in the interval 400 to 1,500 cm−1 obtained from the Nimbus 4 satellite. The spectra can also be used to study surface restrahlen effects and other geophysical and meteorological phenomena.

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HANEL, R., CONRATH, B. Thermal Emission Spectra of the Earth and Atmosphere from the Nimbus 4 Michelson Interferometer Experiment. Nature 228, 143–145 (1970).

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