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Advances in Spectroscopic Monitoring of the Atmosphere

The editors of this volume have produced a comprehensive, state-of-the-art reference on spectroscopic atmospheric monitoring. The book should interest graduate students and scientists in the physical sciences, including optical metrology.

Beyond introducing current trends and future perspectives, this book provides the readership with broad coverage on atmospheric-trace-gas measurements through laser heterodyne spectroscopy and photoacoustic spectroscopy for gas sensing. Furthermore, advanced measurement technologies via unmanned aerial vehicles, balloon-borne and other airborne platforms are discussed.

Readers interested in aerosol optical properties will find a detailed treatment on spectroscopic techniques and light absorption on black carbon and mineral dust. Greenhouse gases and reactive gases are well covered in the context of measurement techniques via cavity ring-down spectroscopy. The development of atmospheric flux measurements, which include large-scale atmospheric flux dynamics for greenhouse gases, may include additional remote-sensing capabilities in the future.

Review by Axel Mainzer Koenig, CEO, Mainzer Koenig Research Associates, Portland, OR, USA.

The opinions expressed in the book review section are those of the reviewer and do not necessarily reflect those of OPN or its publisher, Optica (formerly OSA).

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