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COSPAR International Reference Atmosphere: 1986 (Thermosphere)

Author:
CIRA Working Group
D. Rees
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University College, London
United Kingdom

Parameter: Neutral temperature and densities in the thermosphere
Availability:
(1)Retrievable from CCMC's anonymous FTP site;
(2) MSIS-E-90 can be run online from ModelWeb;
(3) Data base of theoretical profiles on diskette is available from D. Rees.
Brief Description:

The COSPAR International Reference Atmosphere (CIRA) provides empirical models of atmospheric temperature and densities (see above for more information). Above 120 km, in the thermosphere, CIRA-86 is identical with the MSIS-86 model. In addition to the empirical model, CIRA-86 includes the theoretical thermosphere model of D. Rees and his colleagues at University College, London. Results from 50 global simulations with this model have been stored in computer-readable form and can be reconstructed on VAX or PC computers.

References:
CIRA 1986, Part I: Thermosphere Model, D. Rees (ed.), Adv. Space Res. 8, #5-#6, 1988.
S. Batten, T. J. Fuller-Rowell, and D. Rees, A Numerical Data Base for VAX and Personal Computers for Storage, Reconstruction, and Display of Global Thermospheric and Ionospheric Models, Planet. Space Sci. 35, 1167, 1987.

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