Articles | Volume 13, issue 5
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 2335–2361, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-2335-2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 2335–2361, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-2335-2020

Research article 13 May 2020

Research article | 13 May 2020

Atmospheric observations of the water vapour continuum in the near-infrared windows between 2500 and 6600 cm−1

Jonathan Elsey et al.

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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (07 Apr 2020) by Christof Janssen
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Water vapour is an important component in trying to understand the flows of energy between the Sun and Earth, since it is opaque to radiation emitted by both the surface and the Sun. In this paper, we study how it absorbs sunlight by way of its continuum, a property which is poorly understood and with few measurements. Our results indicate that this continuum absorption may be more significant than previously thought, potentially impacting satellite observations and climate studies.