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Measurement of atomospheric nitrogen dioxide column density by solar spectroscopic method
Author(s): M. H. Chan; A. Y. S. Cheng
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Paper Abstract

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) column density was studied by solar spectroscopic method. In the retrieval of NO2 column density the Kitt Peak Solar Flux Atlas provides a standard reference of the extraterrestrial solar spectrum. However in order to eliminate the Fraunhofer features from the solar spectrum the ground-level solar spectrum needs to be re-scaled for wavelength correction and resolution matching to the reference Kitt Peak Solar spectrum. The analysis procedure becomes much simplified if both the reference and the ground-level solar spectra are captured by the same instrument. A portable miniature charge-coupled device (CCD) spectrometer was employed to acquire both the reference and ground-level solar spectra. The reference spectrum was captured in Xinjiang (42.107°N 83.750°E), the People's Republic of China during a flight in a plane. The altitude ofthe reference solar spectrum is 11 meters above the sea level. The ground-level solar spectrum was acquired in the campus of City University of Hong Kong (22.336°N, 114.173°E) using a computer-controlled solar tracker. By analyzing the solar spectra obtained at two different locations and altitudes NO2 total column density can be deduced.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5832, Optical Technologies for Atmospheric, Ocean, and Environmental Studies, (12 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.619835
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M. H. Chan, City Univ. of Hong Kong (Hong Kong China)
A. Y. S. Cheng, City Univ. of Hong Kong (Hong Kong China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5832:
Optical Technologies for Atmospheric, Ocean, and Environmental Studies
Daren Lu; Gennadii G. Matvienko, Editor(s)

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