Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy

Principles and Applications

  • Ulrich Platt
  • Jochen Stutz

Part of the Physics of Earth and Space Environments book series (EARTH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Ulrich Platt, Jochen Stutz
    Pages 1-4
  3. Ulrich Platt, Jochen Stutz
    Pages 5-75
  4. Ulrich Platt, Jochen Stutz
    Pages 77-90
  5. Ulrich Platt, Jochen Stutz
    Pages 91-112
  6. Ulrich Platt, Jochen Stutz
    Pages 135-174
  7. Ulrich Platt, Jochen Stutz
    Pages 175-285
  8. Ulrich Platt, Jochen Stutz
    Pages 287-328
  9. Ulrich Platt, Jochen Stutz
    Pages 329-377
  10. Ulrich Platt, Jochen Stutz
    Pages 429-494
  11. Ulrich Platt, Jochen Stutz
    Pages 495-504
  12. Ulrich Platt, Jochen Stutz
    Pages 505-568
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 593-597

About this book


Measurement techniques form the basis of our knowledge about atmospheric composition and chemistry. Presently, important questions of atmospheric chemistry center on urban pollution, free-radical chemistry, degradation of greenhouse gases and the budgets of tropospheric and stratospheric ozone.

Among the many different optical spectroscopic methods that are in use, DOAS has emerged as a universal technique to measure the concentrations of atmospheric trace gases by making use of the characteristic absorption features of gas molecules along a path of known length in the open atmosphere.

This book reviews the basics of atmospheric chemistry, radiation transport, and optical spectroscopy before detailing the principles underlying DOAS. The second part of the book describes the design and application of DOAS instruments as well as the evaluation and interpretation of spectra. The recent expansion of DOAS application to the imaging of trace gas distributions by ground, aircraft, and satellite-based instruments is also covered.

Written for graduate students and researchers with a general background in environmental physics, this book especially addresses the needs of those working in the field of atmospheric chemistry, pollution monitoring, and volcanology.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Ulrich Platt
    • 1
  • Jochen Stutz
    • 2
  1. 1.Universität Heidelberg Inst. UmweltphysikGermany
  2. 2.Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic SciencesUniversity of California Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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