Observing the Atmosphere

  • R. Swinbank
Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAIV, volume 26)


The aim of this chapter is to give an overview of the techniques used to observe the atmosphere, and the physical principles involved. In particular, we attempt to highlight characteristics of different observation types that need to be taken into account when using them in an atmospheric data assimilation system.


Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission Numerical Weather Prediction Data Assimilation System Observation Operator Geostationary Earth Orbit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Swinbank
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  1. 1.NWP DivisionMet OfficeBracknell, BerkshireUK

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