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Remote sensing of atmospheric water vapour above the Chilean Andes

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dc.contributor.advisor Naylor, David A.
dc.contributor.author Querel, Richard Robert
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-19T19:13:34Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-19T19:13:34Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/2586
dc.description xvii, 206 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract Water vapour is the principle source of opacity at infrared wavelengths in the Earth’s atmosphere. In support of site testing for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), we have used La Silla and Paranal as calibration sites to verify satellite measurements of precipitable water vapour (PWV). We reconstructed the PWV history over both sites by analysing thousands of archived high-resolution echelle calibration spectra and compared that to satellite estimates for the same period. Three PWV measurement campaigns were conducted over both sites using several independent measurement techniques. Radiosondes were launched to coincide with satellite measurements and provide a PWV reference standard allowing intercomparison between the various instruments and methods. This multi-faceted approach has resulted in a unique data set. Integral to this analysis is the internal consistency provided by using a common atmospheric model. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, 2010 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Water vapor, Atmospheric -- Chile -- La Silla -- Observations en_US
dc.subject Water vapor, Atmospheric -- Chile -- Paranal -- Observations en_US
dc.subject Water vapor, Atmospheric -- Chile -- La Silla -- Remote sensing en_US
dc.subject Water vapor, Atmospheric -- Chile -- Paranal -- Remote sensing en_US
dc.subject Water vapor, Atmospheric -- Chile -- La Silla -- Measurement en_US
dc.subject Water vapor, Atmospheric -- Chile -- Paranal -- Measurement en_US
dc.subject Precipitable water -- Chile -- La Silla -- Observations en_US
dc.subject Precipitable water -- Chile -- Paranal -- Obervations en_US
dc.subject Precipitable water -- Chile -- La Silla -- Measurement en_US
dc.subject Precipitable water -- Chile -- Paranal -- Measurement en_US
dc.subject Radiometers en_US
dc.subject Radiosondes en_US
dc.title Remote sensing of atmospheric water vapour above the Chilean Andes en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Physics and Astronomy en_US

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