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  • Vol. 42, Iss. 33 — Nov. 20, 2003
  • pp: 6569–6577

Differential Laser absorption spectrometry for global profiling of tropospheric carbon dioxide: selection of optimum sounding frequencies for high-precision measurements

Robert T. Menzies and David M. Tratt  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 42, Issue 33, pp. 6569-6577 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.42.006569


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Abstract

We discuss the spectroscopic requirements for a laser absorption spectrometer (LAS) approach to high-precision carbon dioxide (CO2) measurements in the troposphere. Global-scale, high-precision CO2 measurements are highly desirable in an effort to improve understanding and quantification of the CO2 sources and sinks and their impact on global climate. We present differential absorption sounding characteristics for selected LAS transmitter laser wavelengths, emphasizing the effects of atmospheric temperature profile uncertainties. Candidate wavelengths for lower-troposphere measurements are identified in the CO2 bands centered near 1.57, 1.60, and 2.06 μm.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.1280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric composition
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.3420) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser sensors
(300.6340) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, infrared

History
Original Manuscript: April 28, 2003
Revised Manuscript: August 11, 2003
Published: November 20, 2003

Citation
Robert T. Menzies and David M. Tratt, "Differential Laser absorption spectrometry for global profiling of tropospheric carbon dioxide: selection of optimum sounding frequencies for high-precision measurements," Appl. Opt. 42, 6569-6577 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-42-33-6569

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