Measurement Techniques

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Lecture content:

The creation of accurate and complete data sets on the state of surface, ocean, ice and atmosphere is an essential part of environmental physics. A broad range of instruments and techniques is available for these measurements, including both in-situ measurements and remote sensing from the ground, ship, aircraft, balloon or satellite platforms.

The lecture combines classroom and laboratory hours. Relevant measurement techniques are presented and practiced, and the underlying physical and chemical concepts are discussed. The emphasis is on methods employed in current research projects at the Institute of Environmental Physics. This includes remote sensing of atmospheric trace gases using infrared and optical absorption spectroscopy, measurements of oceanic transport, the analysis of satellite measurements using image processing techniques, laboratory measurements of the ozone cross-section, the application of Cavity Ring Down Spectroscopy and atmospheric modelling.