•The Spatial Heterodyne Observations of Water instrument is a limb-imaging SHS spectrometer that is being developed to measure the vertical distribution of water vapor in the UTLS from a spacecraft.•An imaging system is combined with the SHS spectrometer to observe limb scattered sunlight in a vibrational band of water centered at 1363.4 nm.•A prototype instrument has been developed and optimized for observations from NASA’s ER-2 aircraft.•A measurement simulator is developed to simulate measurements from the aircraft platform along a hypothetical flight path.•SHOW is capable of providing 500 m–1 km vertical resolution from 12 km–18 km region with 1 ppm accuracy.
Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer – Elsevier
Published: Apr 1, 2018
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