Occultations for Probing Atmosphere and Climate

  • Gottfried Kirchengast
  • Ulrich Foelsche
  • Andrea K. Steiner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Occultations for Probing Atmosphere and Climate: Setting the Scene

  3. Occultation Methodology in General

  4. GNSS-LEO Occultation

  5. LEO-LEO Occultation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. E. R. Kursinski, D. Feng, D. Flittner, G. Hajj, B. Herman, F. Romberg et al.
      Pages 173-187
    3. B. M. Herman, D. Feng, D. Flittner, E. R. Kursinski, S. Syndergaard, D. Ward
      Pages 189-200
    4. S. Syndergaard, D. E. Flittner, E. R. Kursinski, D. D. Feng, B. M. Herman, D. M. Ward
      Pages 221-232
    5. D. Mimoun, S. Abbondanza
      Pages 245-258
  6. Stellar and Solar Occultation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
    2. E. Kyrölä, J. Tamminen, G. W. Leppelmeier, V. F. Sofieva, S. Hassinen, J. L. Bertaux et al.
      Pages 275-287
    3. C. Retscher, G. Kirchengast, A. Gobiet, A. Hauchecorne
      Pages 299-308
  7. Use of Occultation Data

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 343-343
    2. L. B. Cornman, R. Frehlich, E. Praskovskaya
      Pages 365-373
    3. P. Poli, C. O. Ao, J. Joiner, M. de la Torre Juárez, R. Hoff
      Pages 375-382
    4. N. Jakowski, S. Heise, A. Wehrenpfennig, K. Tsybulya
      Pages 383-392
    5. E. R. Kursinski, W. Folkner, C. Zuffada, C. Walker, D. Hinson, A. Ingersoll et al.
      Pages 393-405
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 407-408

About this book


Use of occultation methodology for observing the Earth's atmosphere and climate has become so broad as to comprise solar, lunar, stellar, navigation and satellite­ crosslink occultation methods. The atmospheric parameters obtained extend from the fundamental variables temperature, density, pressure, water vapor, and ozone via a multitude of trace gas species to particulate species such as aerosols and cloud liquid water. Ionospheric electron density is sensed as well. The methods all share the key properties of self-calibration, high accuracy and vertical resolution, global coverage, and (if using radio signals) all-weather capability. Occultation data are thus of high value in a wide range of fields including climate monitoring and research, atmospheric physics and chemistry, operational meteorology, and other fields such as space weather and planetary science. This wide area of variants and uses of the occultation method has led to a diversi­ fication of the occultation-related scientific community into a range of different sub-communities, however. The 1st International Workshop on Occultations for Probing Atmosphere and Cli­ mate-OPAC-1- held September 16-20, 2002, in Graz, Austria, has set in ex­ actly at this point. OPAC-1 aimed at providing a casual forum and stimulating at­ mosphere fertilizing scientific discourse, co-operation initiatives, and mutual learning and support amongst members of all the different sub-communities. The workshop was attended by about 80 participants from 17 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.


Atmospheric remote sensing Atmospheric sciences Climatology Cloud Inversion Ionospheric and planetary research Occultation methods Radio and optical occultation Troposphere Weather Wind satellite temperature

Editors and affiliations

  • Gottfried Kirchengast
    • 1
  • Ulrich Foelsche
    • 1
  • Andrea K. Steiner
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Geophysics, Astrophysics, and Meteorology (IGAM)University of GrazGrazAustria

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-06108-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-09041-1
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