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Theory of attenuation measurements in planetary atmospheres


SIO Reference 58-81. Two general methods are proposed for the determination of the volume attenuation function in arbitrarily inhomogeneous spherical atmospheres. Each method is deduced directly from the equation of transfer of general radiative transfer theory, and is designed to take into explicit account the effects of the sphericity of the earth's atmosphere on radiometric measurements at high altitudes in the atmosphere.

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