Articles | Volume 9, issue 11
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 5293–5314, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-5293-2016
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 5293–5314, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-5293-2016

Research article 01 Nov 2016

Research article | 01 Nov 2016

Continuous and high-precision atmospheric concentration measurements of COS, CO2, CO and H2O using a quantum cascade laser spectrometer (QCLS)

Linda M. J. Kooijmans et al.

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The accuracy of carbon models, used for the prediction of global climate change, is limited by the knowledge of the uptake of carbon by plants through photosynthesis. Carbonyl sulfide (COS) has been suggested as a tracer for this process. To be able to further explore and verify the application of this novel tracer we have tested a laser spectrometer for its suitability to obtain accurate and high precision measurements of COS and CO2 with both laboratory experiments and field measurements.