Measurements of Scattered UV Radiation in the Upper Stratosphere

The scattered solar radiance between 175 nm and 325 nm was measured from a balloon payload in April 1983. The data are being made available to the scientific community via this web site. A description of the experiment and analysis of the data are presented in two papers:
Scattered Ultraviolet Radiation in the Upper Stratosphere, I: Observations
Scattered Ultraviolet Radiation in the Upper Stratosphere, II: Models and Measurements
Both papers have been published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, Atmospheres, Vol. 100,, pp. 11,157-11,171, 1995. The abstract of paper I and the abstract of paper II contain the most relevant information. Reprints are available upon request. Please reference the first paper if using the data for research purposes.

The observations consist of 390 spectral scans, taken in sets of 13 elevation angles ((-3.3,-3.1, -2.6, -2.2, -1.3, 0, 0.8, 2.0, 2.8, 4.0, 4.5, 9.7, 14.6)

Flight parameters (9K GIF)

This data is being made available by Ken Minschwaner and Ron Thomas, of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology's Physics and Electrical Engineering Departments.

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Sample Data

Example 1 (9K GIF)
Example 2 (9K GIF)

Tabulated Data

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Data table (all data, about 1.5 Mb)