Articles | Volume 16, issue 18
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 11649–11669, 2016

Special issue: Twenty-five years of operations of the Network for the Detection...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 11649–11669, 2016

Research article 21 Sep 2016

Research article | 21 Sep 2016

The Zugspitze radiative closure experiment for quantifying water vapor absorption over the terrestrial and solar infrared – Part 1: Setup, uncertainty analysis, and assessment of far-infrared water vapor continuum

Ralf Sussmann et al.


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Short summary
Quantitative knowledge of infrared absorption by water vapor is crucial for remote sensing and climate simulations. Under cold atmospheric conditions this information can only be attained via field experiments. Therefore, we set upa radiative closure study covering 1.28–25 µm at the Zugspitze (47° N, 2964 m a.s.l.). We describe the setup and elaborate on the radiance uncertainty budget. Water vapor continuum quantification in the far infrared shows consistency with the MT_CKD continuum model.
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