Cover: Predicting the State of the Upper Atmosphere.

Predicting the State of the Upper Atmosphere.

by G. F. Schilling

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The principal methods for predicting upper atmosphere conditions are contrasted with the methods of forecasting employed in tropospheric meteorology. Standard model atmospheres can be considered analogous to synoptic weather maps, but the principal tools of the upper atmosphere forecaster are indexes of solar activity, resulting in basic differences of approach. True synoptic analysis of the upper atmosphere above the mesopause is still in the future, but significant progress is being made toward this objective. 6 pp.

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