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A wide-band nadir-sounding spectroradiometer for the characterization of the Earth's outgoing long-wave radiation
Author(s): Giovanni Bianchini; Luca Palchetti; Bruno Carli
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Paper Abstract

A balloon-borne wide-band Fourier transform spectrometer named REFIR-PAD (Radiation Explorer in the Far InfraRed, Prototype for Applications and Development) has been developed at CNR-IFAC to perform the characterisation of the Earth's outgoing long-wave radiation in the far-infrared region. The spectroscopic characterisation of this region is expected to increase greatly our level of knowledge of the radiative effects of water content in the upper troposphere. The REFIR-PAD instrument provides spectrally-resolved nadir-sounding radiance measurements in the 100-1400 cm-1 range, with a 0.5 cm-1 resolution, covering the most part of the Earth's long-wave emission and including both the far-infrared and the better known middle-infrared region. REFIR-PAD was flown as a piggy-back payload on the CNES IASI-LPMAA stratospheric balloon gondola in June 2005 from Teresina, Brazil. The data collected in this mission, will provide valuable information for the development of a future space mission aimed to the operational monitoring of the upper troposphere water vapour and clouds in order to identify their climate signatures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6361, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites X, 63610A (3 October 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.689260
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Giovanni Bianchini, Istituto di Fisica Applicata Nello Carrara, CNR (Italy)
Luca Palchetti, Istituto di Fisica Applicata Nello Carrara, CNR (Italy)
Bruno Carli, Istituto di Fisica Applicata Nello Carrara, CNR (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6361:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites X
Roland Meynart; Steven P. Neeck; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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