Test and evaluation of water vapor radiometers
- Moran, J.
- Jun 1, 1980.
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- The accuracy of very long baseline interferometry in geodetic and astrometric applications is primarily limited by the propagation delays through the troposphere. The part of this delay that is most difficult to predict is due to atmospheric water vapor which can contribute up to about 40 cm of excess propagation path at microwave frequencies. The water vapor content in the atmosphere is variable and is not well correlated with surface meteorological variables. The brightness temperature measured near the transition of water vapor at 22.2 GHz and the propagation delay due to water vapor, or wet path length, are well correlated. This correlation is not perfect because the absorption coefficient and index of refraction do not have the same dependence on temperature and pressure.
- Document ID: 19810003880.
Accession ID: 81N12391.
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