Articles | Volume 11, issue 2
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 763–780, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-763-2018

Special issue: Observing Atmosphere and Climate with Occultation Techniques...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 763–780, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-763-2018

Research article 08 Feb 2018

Research article | 08 Feb 2018

Sensitivity of airborne radio occultation to tropospheric properties over ocean and land

Feiqin Xie et al.

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The GPS signal going through the atmosphere will experience refraction or bending, which can be precisely measured and used to infer the atmospheric properties. This paper demonstrates that high-quality atmospheric measurement with less than ~ 0.4 K is achievable from a GPS recording system with a simple antenna mounted on top of an aircraft cruising at ~ 13 km. Such a simple airborne GPS system can be implemented on commercial aircraft to provide valuable data for weather models in the future.