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The Remote Sensing of Tropospheric Composition from Space

  • John P. Burrows
  • Peter Borrell
  • Ulrich Platt


  • state-of-the-art content, comprehensive in scope

  • written and edited by international experts

  • with many colour illustrations


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. John P. Burrows, Ulrich Platt, Peter Borrell
    Pages 1-65
  3. Cathy Clerbaux, James R. Drummond, Jean-Marie Flaud, Johannes Orphal
    Pages 123-151
  4. Klaus Kunzi, Peter Bauer, Reima Eresmaa, Patrick Eriksson, Sean B. Healy, Alberto Mugnai et al.
    Pages 153-230
  5. Alexander A. Kokhanovsky, Steven Platnick, Michael D. King
    Pages 231-257
  6. Gerrit de Leeuw, Stefan Kinne, Jean-Francois Léon, Jacques Pelon, Daniel Rosenfeld, Martijn Schaap et al.
    Pages 259-313
  7. Ankie J. M. Piters, Brigitte Buchmann, Dominik Brunner, Ronald C. Cohen, Jean-Christopher Lambert, Gerrit de Leeuw et al.
    Pages 315-364
  8. Paul S. Monks, Steffen Beirle
    Pages 365-449
  9. Maria Kanakidou, Martin Dameris, Hendrik Elbern, Matthias Beekmann, Igor B. Konovalov, Lars Nieradzik et al.
    Pages 451-492
  10. John P. Burrows, Ulrich Platt, Peter Borrell
    Pages 493-514
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 539-549

About this book


The impact of anthropogenic activities on our atmospheric environment is of growing public concern and satellite-based techniques now provide an essential component of observational strategies on regional and global scales. The purpose of this book is to summarise the state of the art in the field in general, while describing both key techniques and findings in particular. It opens with an historical perspective of the field together with the basic principles of remote sensing from space. Three chapters follow on the techniques and on the solutions to the problems associated with the various spectral regions in which observations are made. The particular challenges posed by aerosols and clouds are covered in the next two chapters. Of special importance is the accuracy and reliability of remote sensing data and these issues are covered in a chapter on validation. The final section of the book is concerned with the exploitation of data, with chapters on observational aspects, which includes both individual and synergistic studies, and on the comparison of global and regional observations with chemical transport and climate models and the added value that the interaction brings to both. The book concludes with scientific needs and likely future developments in the field, and the necessary actions to be taken if we are to have the global observation system that the Earth needs in its present, deteriorating state. The appendices provide a comprehensive list of satellite instruments, global representations of some ancillary data such as fire counts and light pollution, a list of abbreviations and acronyms, and a set of colourful timelines indicating the satellite coverage of tropospheric composition in the foreseeable future. Altogether, this book will be a timely reference and overview for anyone working at the interface of environmental, atmospheric and space sciences.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John P. Burrows
    • 1
  • Peter Borrell
    • 2
  • Ulrich Platt
    • 3
  1. 1.Inst. Umweltphysik (IUP)Universität BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.P & PMB ConsultantsNewcastleUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Inst. UmweltphysikUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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