Articles | Volume 14, issue 4
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 2907–2918, 2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 2907–2918, 2021
Research article
15 Apr 2021
Research article | 15 Apr 2021

A dedicated robust instrument for water vapor generation at low humidity for use with a laser water isotope analyzer in cold and dry polar regions

Christophe Leroy-Dos Santos et al.

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We developed an instrument that can generate water vapor at low humidity at a very stable level. This instrument was conceived to calibrate water vapor isotopic records obtained in very dry places such as central Antarctica. Here, we provide details on the instrument as well as results obtained for correcting water isotopic records for diurnal variability during a long field season at the Concordia station in East Antarctica.