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Spectroscopic Atlas of Atmoshperic Microwindows in the Middle Infra-Red

Meier, Arndt LU ; Toon, Geoffrey C.; Rinsland, Curtis P.; Goldman, Aaron and Hase, Frank (2004) In IRF technical report 048.
Abstract
This second edition of the infrared microwindow atlas contains a collection of spectral mi-

crowindows commonly used or recently suggested for ground-based, high resolution, infrared

solar absoption spectroscopy. These solar observations are aimed at quantifying the abun-

dance of trace species in the terrestrial atmosphere. A microwindow is a narrow spectral

interval that allows to observe a specific atmospheric absorber unambiguously. The width of

a microwindow may vary but is typically between 0.1 and 5cm−1 wide, though wider windows

may in some cases be used or multiple narrow windows may be combined in any particular

retrieval.

The spectra and corresponding... (More)
This second edition of the infrared microwindow atlas contains a collection of spectral mi-

crowindows commonly used or recently suggested for ground-based, high resolution, infrared

solar absoption spectroscopy. These solar observations are aimed at quantifying the abun-

dance of trace species in the terrestrial atmosphere. A microwindow is a narrow spectral

interval that allows to observe a specific atmospheric absorber unambiguously. The width of

a microwindow may vary but is typically between 0.1 and 5cm−1 wide, though wider windows

may in some cases be used or multiple narrow windows may be combined in any particular

retrieval.

The spectra and corresponding simulations shown in the figures are representing solar

absorption spectra recorded in Arctic Scandinavia on 15/Mar/1997 (500 to 4370cm −1 ) and

01/Apr/1998 (3950 to 9000cm−1 ). The printed atlas discusses close to 250 microwindows.

Lively discussions at the annual meetings of the infrared working group of the Network for

Detection of Stratospheric Change (NDSC) have demonstrated a continued high interest in

an up-to-date reference work on commonly used microwindows in the field of infrared ground-

based remote sensing. The present work attempts to summarise the collective knowledge that

the NDSC community has on this topic. The work of many past and present experts in the

field have contributed to this compilation and the authors wish to express their thanks to all

of them.

At present, no recommendations on the optimum selection of microwindows for individual

species are provided. That task is beyond the scope of the present work and also depends

on the observation site and instrumental parameters. However, where inconsistencies be-

tween observation and simulations are striking, or in cases where common pitfalls have been

reported, we provide comments to highlight potential problems.

Several microwindows have been noted previously in the literature, and we have included

a list of references citing their use. We are aware that the current edition is still incomplete,

and we encourage our readers to help us fill in the gaps, extend, and improve the atlas. (Less)
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crowindows commonly used or recently suggested for ground-based, high resolution, infrared<br/><br>
solar absoption spectroscopy. These solar observations are aimed at quantifying the abun-<br/><br>
dance of trace species in the terrestrial atmosphere. A microwindow is a narrow spectral<br/><br>
interval that allows to observe a specific atmospheric absorber unambiguously. The width of<br/><br>
a microwindow may vary but is typically between 0.1 and 5cm−1 wide, though wider windows<br/><br>
may in some cases be used or multiple narrow windows may be combined in any particular<br/><br>
retrieval.<br/><br>
The spectra and corresponding simulations shown in the figures are representing solar<br/><br>
absorption spectra recorded in Arctic Scandinavia on 15/Mar/1997 (500 to 4370cm −1 ) and<br/><br>
01/Apr/1998 (3950 to 9000cm−1 ). The printed atlas discusses close to 250 microwindows.<br/><br>
Lively discussions at the annual meetings of the infrared working group of the Network for<br/><br>
Detection of Stratospheric Change (NDSC) have demonstrated a continued high interest in<br/><br>
an up-to-date reference work on commonly used microwindows in the field of infrared ground-<br/><br>
based remote sensing. The present work attempts to summarise the collective knowledge that<br/><br>
the NDSC community has on this topic. The work of many past and present experts in the<br/><br>
field have contributed to this compilation and the authors wish to express their thanks to all<br/><br>
of them.<br/><br>
At present, no recommendations on the optimum selection of microwindows for individual<br/><br>
species are provided. That task is beyond the scope of the present work and also depends<br/><br>
on the observation site and instrumental parameters. However, where inconsistencies be-<br/><br>
tween observation and simulations are striking, or in cases where common pitfalls have been<br/><br>
reported, we provide comments to highlight potential problems.<br/><br>
Several microwindows have been noted previously in the literature, and we have included<br/><br>
a list of references citing their use. We are aware that the current edition is still incomplete,<br/><br>
and we encourage our readers to help us fill in the gaps, extend, and improve the atlas.},
  author       = {Meier, Arndt and Toon, Geoffrey C. and Rinsland, Curtis P. and Goldman, Aaron and Hase, Frank},
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  publisher    = {Swedish Institute of Space Physics},
  series       = {IRF technical report},
  title        = {Spectroscopic Atlas of Atmoshperic Microwindows in the Middle Infra-Red},
  volume       = {048},
  year         = {2004},
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