Atmosphere and Climate

Studies by Occultation Methods

  • Ulrich Foelsche
  • Gottfried Kirchengast
  • Andrea Steiner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Radio Occultation with CHAMP

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. Wickert, T. Schmidt, G. Beyerle, G. Michalak, R. König, S. Heise et al.
      Pages 3-16
    3. C. O. Ao, G. A. Hajj, B. A. Iijima, A. J. Mannucci, T. M. Schrøder, M. de la Torre Juárez et al.
      Pages 17-26
    4. G. Beyerle, S. Heise, J. Kaschenz, G. König-Langlo, C. Reigber, T. Schmidt et al.
      Pages 37-43
  3. Stellar Occultation with GOMOS

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. J. Tamminen, J. A. Karhu, E. Kyrölä, S. Hassinen, E. Kyrö, A. Y. Karpechko et al.
      Pages 47-54
    3. V. F. Sofieva, J. Tamminen, E. Kyrölä, GOMOS CAL/VAL Team
      Pages 67-78
  4. Wave Optics Algorithms for the Processing of Radio Occultation Data

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. A. S. Jensen, H. -H. Benzon, A. S. Nielsen, M. S. Lohmann
      Pages 95-112
    3. A. S. Jensen, H. -H. Benzon, A. S. Nielsen, C. Marquardt, M. S. Lohmann
      Pages 113-125
    4. M. E. Gorbunov, K. B. Lauritsen
      Pages 127-134
  5. Future GNSS Occultation Missions and the LEO-LEO Occultation Concept

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. S. Syndergaard, W. S. Schreiner, C. Rocken, D. C. Hunt, K. F. Dymond
      Pages 137-146
    3. J. -P. Luntama
      Pages 147-156
  6. Use of GNSS Occultation Data in Numerical Weather Prediction and in Atmospheric Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. A. G. Pavelyev, J. Wickert, Y. A. Liou, A. A. Pavelyev, C. Jacobi
      Pages 225-241
    3. A. de la Torre, P. Alexander, C. G. Menéndez
      Pages 243-252
    4. B. Bizzarri, I. Bordi, A. Dell’Aquila, M. Petitta, T. Schmidt, A. Sutera et al.
      Pages 253-263
    5. A. von Engeln, J. Teixeira, J. Wickert, S. A. Buehler
      Pages 265-272
  7. Use of GNSS Occultation Data for Climate Monitoring and Climate Change Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. S. S. Leroy, J. A. Dykema, J. G. Anderson
      Pages 287-301
    3. U. Foelsche, A. Gobiet, A. K. Steiner, M. Borsche, J. Wickert, T. Schmidt et al.
      Pages 303-314
    4. M. Borsche, A. Gobiet, A. K. Steiner, U. Foelsche, G. Kirchengast, T. Schmidt et al.
      Pages 315-323
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 335-336

About this book


Since the early use of the occultation measurement principle for sounding pla- tary atmospheres and ionospheres, its exploitation in atmospheric remote sensing has seen tremendous advances. In this book we focus on sensors on Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, which exploit solar, lunar, stellar, GNSS (Global Navi- tion Satellite Systems), and LEO-crosslink signals for observing the Earth's - mosphere and climate. The methods all share the key properties of self-calibration, high accuracy and vertical resolution, global coverage, and (if using radio signals) all-weather ca- bility. The atmospheric parameters obtained extend from the fundamental va- ables temperature, density, pressure and water vapor via trace gases, aerosols and cloud liquid water to ionospheric electron density. Occultation data are therefore of high value in a wide range of fields including climate monitoring and research, atmospheric physics and chemistry, operational meteorology, and ionospheric physics. nd The 2 International Workshop on Occultations for Probing Atmosphere and Climate – OPAC-2 – was held September 13–17, 2004, in Graz, Austria. OPAC-2 aimed at providing a casual forum and stimulating atmosphere fertilizing scientific discourse, co-operation initiatives, and mutual learning and support amongst members of all different occultation communities. The workshop was attended by 40 participants from 12 different countries who actively contributed to a scientific programme of high quality and to an excellent workshop atmosphere, which was judged by the participants to have fully met the aims expressed.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ulrich Foelsche
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gottfried Kirchengast
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andrea Steiner
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change (WegCenter)University of GrazGraz
  2. 2.Institute for Geophysics, Astrophysics, and Meteorology (IGAM)University of GrazGrazAustria

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