In a nutshell, they provided me with a link to the AMSU-A Radiative Transfer Algorithm documentation and said they had no information on the scan depths for the footprints of channel 5 on the AMSU and didn't have the vector data they use to synthesis AMSU channel 4.
Both of the claims of "no information" seem impossible to me, as they're needed to process AMSU data the way NASA JPL does.
While I mull over my next move, here's their response.
Your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for release of information from the files of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) received in FOIA processing at the NASA Management Office-Jet Propulsion Laboratory on April 8, 2010. You requested the following:
"...(1) Documentation on how the AQUA AMSU-A Radiative Transfer Algorithm works. (2) Atmospheric scan depth for each footprint on channel 5 of the AQUA AMSU. (3) In references to the creation of synthetic readings for the AQUA AMSU channel 4, the 230000 cases used to create the values for the vectors Ai and Theta Bar i, or the values of vectors Ai and Theta Bar i themselves if the 230000 readings are no longer available. These values and readings are referenced but not actually provided in the document AIRS/AMSU/HSB Version 5 Modification of Algorithm to Account for Increased NeDT in AMSU Channel 4 available online at http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/AIRS/documentation/v5_docs/AIRS_V5_Release_User_Docs/V5-Modification-for-AMSU-Ch-4-NeDT.pdf..."
This is to advise you that responsive records to part (1) of your request may be found at the following web site:
This is to advise that NASA has no responsive Government records at JPL for parts (2) and (3) of your request. Additionally, pertaining to part (3) of your request, we have no responsive records because the specific research and development was performed by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Therefore, it is possible that GSFC may have responsive records.
You have appeal rights concerning these actions.
And I do want to thank them for not charging me for this request. :)
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