Vibrationally excited OH molecules are generated in the atmosphere between 80 and 90 km by the reaction of hydrogen atoms with ozone and are important in the study of the Earth's mesospheric infrared emissions. Once produced, the OH either fluoresces or undergoes deactivation in collisions with the ambient species present at these alti- tudes. Over the past decade, significant progress has been made in measuring the vi- brational level dependence of the total removal rate constants for collisional processes in laboratory. Using these results we present an updated modelling of the vibrational populations of OH.The results of the model has been used to identify emission from the OH Meinel bands at 4.8mum in the measurements taken by the CRyogenic Infrared Spectrometer and Telescope (CRISTA). CRISTA was an infrared limb sounder designed by the Uni- versity of Wuppertal to measure infrared emissions of the Earth's atmosphere between 15-150 km that successfully completed two missions in 1994 and 1997. In addition, the results of the non-LTE modelling have been used to simulate the mea- surements that will be performed by the Michelson Interferometer for Passive At- mospheric Sounder (MIPAS)/ENVIromental SATellite (ENVISAT) instrument, to be launched the 1st March 2002.
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