EUFAR handbook is the first comprehensive review of airborne measurement principles covers all atmospheric components and surface parameters. It describes the common techniques to characterise aerosol particles and cloud/precipitation elements, while also explaining radiation quantities and pertinent hyperspectral and active remote sensing measurement techniques along the way. As a result, the major principles of operation are introduced and exemplified using specific instruments, treating both classic and emerging measurement techniques. The two editors head an international community of eminent scientists, all of them accepted and experienced specialists in their field, who help readers to understand specific problems related to airborne research, such as immanent uncertainties and limitations. They also provide guidance on the suitability of instruments to measure certain parameters and to select the correct type of device.
While primarily intended for climate, geophysical and atmospheric researchers, its relevance to solar system objects makes this work equally appealing to astronomers studying atmospheres of solar system bodies with telescopes and space probes.
The book consists of nine chapters:
- Introduction to Airborne Measurements of the Earth Atmosphere and Surface;
- Measurement of Aircraft State and Thermodynamic and Dynamic Parameters;
- In Situ Trace Gas Measurements
- In Situ Measurements of Aerosol Particles
- In Situ Measurements of Cloud and Precipitation Particles
- Aerosol and Cloud Particle Sampling
- Atmospheric Radiation Measurements
- Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
- Lidar and Radar Observations. Furthermore, some Supplementary Online Material was prepared and finished.
The handbook was co-edited by Manfred Wendisch (University of Leipzig) and Jean-Louis Brenguier (Météo-France), and consists of contributions from 91 experts originating from 13 countries. Both EUFAR’s Expert Working Group members and international experts have been involved in the development of the book through a series of dedicated expert workshops since the creation of EUFAR in 2000. In this way, the handbook condenses extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of airborne measurements. Published in March/ April 2013, the handbook aims to serve as the reference handbook for students and researchers in the field of airborne research for the environment.
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