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Ridal et al. 2002

Ridal, M., D.P. Murtagh, F. Merino, J.R. Pardo, and L. Pagani, 2002: Microwave temperature and pressure measurements with the Odin satellite: II. Retrieval method. Can. J. Phys., 80, 455-467, doi:10.1139/p02-021.

The millimetre receiver on the Swedish satellite Odin, will be used for detection of the 118.750 GHz oxygen line. The temperature and pressure will be determined from the output of a three-channel filter bank measurement. One frequency bin is centred over the emission-line frequency while the other two cover parts of the line wing, where the opacity is less, providing a useful signal at lower altitudes. The bandwidth of each channel is 40 MHz. The signal in the frequency bin covering the line centre is modeled by a high-resolution model including the Zeeman effect, developed by the Observatoire de Paris-Meudon. The other two 40 MHz bins are modeled using the much faster standard Odin forward model, developed at the Department of Meteorology at Stockholm University together with Chalmers University of Technology. The operational retrievals employ an iterative method that uses simulated signals from a reference atmosphere as a lookup table for the pressure. The temperature is then calculated from the equation of hydrostatic equilibrium, and a new lookup table computed. This process is repeated until a convergence criterion is reached. Simulations, including known error sources, show that the temperature can be retrieved with a root mean square (rms) around 3 K, in the altitude range ∼ 25-90 km using the operational temperature retrieval method (the filter bank method). A sub-millimetre receiver on board Odin will also be used to observe the oxygen line at 487.249 GHz. Both this line and the 118.750 GHz line can be observed in high resolution (150 kHz) for detailed studies of the Zeeman splitting. Retrievals from the high-resolution measurements are expected to give a precision of - 2 K rms at that resolution. However, this kind of observation will occupy an entire spectrometer and will not be made on a regular basis.

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  author={Ridal, M. and Murtagh, D. P. and Merino, F. and Pardo, J. R. and Pagani, L.},
  title={Microwave temperature and pressure measurements with the Odin satellite: II. Retrieval method},
  journal={Can. J. Phys.},

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ID  - ri04700p
AU  - Ridal, M.
AU  - Murtagh, D. P.
AU  - Merino, F.
AU  - Pardo, J. R.
AU  - Pagani, L.
PY  - 2002
TI  - Microwave temperature and pressure measurements with the Odin satellite: II. Retrieval method
JA  - Can. J. Phys.
VL  - 80
SP  - 455
EP  - 467
DO  - 10.1139/p02-021
ER  -

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