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Volume 16, issue 18
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 11671–11686, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-11671-2016
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 11671–11686, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-11671-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 21 Sep 2016

Research article | 21 Sep 2016

The Zugspitze radiative closure experiment for quantifying water vapor absorption over the terrestrial and solar infrared – Part 3: Quantification of the mid- and near-infrared water vapor continuum in the 2500 to 7800 cm−1 spectral range under atmospheric conditions

Andreas Reichert and Ralf Sussmann
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