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A measurement of the greenhouse radiation associated with CCl4
Author(s): Wayne F. J. Evans; Chris J. Ferguson; Eldon Puckrin
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Paper Abstract

One of the gases which potentially can interfere with the remote sensing of gases of military interest is carbon tetrachloride (CCL4). Carbon tetrachloride is also a strong greenhouse gas with a global warming potential of 4,000. Ground-based, thermal emission measurements of the cold, clear sky have been made showing the v3 fundamental emission band of carbon tetrachloride (CCL4) which is located in the 786-806 cm-1 region. A spectrum of the non-CCl4 background emission features has been simulated using the FASCD3P line-by-line radiation code with measured radiosonde parameters of pressure, temperature and humidity. The simulated spectrum has been used to extract the CCl4 thermal emission band from the atmospheric emission spectrum. Troposhperic CCl4 mixing ratios of 120±20 in 1995 and 135±10 pptv in 2003 were determined from these measurements. In addition, the downward long-wave flux associated with the v3 emission band of CCl4 measured at the surface has been estimated to be 0.046 W/m2 ± 17%. This flux is about one third and one fifth of that corresponding to the chlorofluorocarbons CFC-11 and CFC-12, respectively.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 December 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5584, Chemical and Biological Standoff Detection II, (14 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.570452
Show Author Affiliations
Wayne F. J. Evans, Trent Univ. (Canada)
Chris J. Ferguson, Trent Univ. (Canada)
Eldon Puckrin, Trent Univ. (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5584:
Chemical and Biological Standoff Detection II
James O. Jensen; Jean-Marc Theriault, Editor(s)

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