Thesis: Modeling Ozone Measurement of GPS Radio Occultation, 2008-2009

Research  Assistant

E. Robert Kursinski

Aug 2008 – Aug 2009

In order to monitor our changing climate, better atmospheric observations are needed in terms of high vertical, horizontal, and temporal resolution and accuracy. The Active Temperature, Ozone, and Moisture Microwave Spectrometer (ATOMMS) will provide precise, accurate, high-resolution profiles of the atmosphere with long-term stability. ATOMMS is an active radio occultation (RO) system that extends the existing Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) RO capability to higher frequencies in the absorption regime of atmospheric constituents such as water and ozone. Each absorption line is probed with at least one frequency on the line center and one off line center in order to ratio the amplitudes to reduce common noise such as that due to turbulence. Microwave length frequencies allow ATOMMS to penetrate clouds resulting in truly global coverage and provide vertical resolution of at least 200 meters.


Conference Proceedings:

E.R. Kursinski, D. Ward, A. C. Otarola, J. McGhee, M. Stovern, K. Sammler, H. Reed, D. Erickson, C. McCormick, E. Griggs. Atmospheric profiling via satellite to satellite occultations near water and ozone absorption lines for weather and climate. SPIE Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings, New Delhi, India 4-7 Apr. doi:10.1117/12.2224038

Kursinski E.R., Young A., Otarola A., Stovern M., Wheelwright B., Ward D., Sammler K., Stickney R.. Groppi C., Al Banna S., Schein M., Bell S., Bertiger W., Miller M., and Pickett H. Laboratory and Ground Testing Results from ATOMMS: the Active Temperature, Ozone and Moisture Microwave Spectrometer. 21st Intl. Symposium on Space TeraHertz Technology, Oxford, 23-25 Mar.

AlBanna S., Groppi C., Walker C., Schein M., Bell S., Wheelwright B., d’Aubigny C., Young A., Golish D., Kursinsk E.R., Otarola A., Ward D., Sammler K., Bertiger W., Miller M., and Pickett H. A Single 30 cm Aperture Antenna Design for The Operation of 2 Widely Separated Frequency Bands for the Active Temperature, Ozone and Moisture Microwave Spec- trometer (ATOMMS). 20th International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology, Charlottesville, VA 20-22 Apr.

Kursinski, E.R., Ward D., Otarola A., Sammler K., Frehlich R., Rind D., Groppi C., Albanna S., Shein M., Bertiger W., Pickett H. and Ross M. The Active Temperature Ozone and Moisture Microwave Spectrometer (ATOMMS). ECMWF GRAS SAF Workshop on GPS Radio Occultation. Shinfield Park, UK. 16-18 Jun.