This first comprehensive review of airborne measurement principles covers all atmospheric components and surface parameters. It describes the common techniques to characterize 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.
2. Basic Thermodynamic and Dynamic Parameters
3. Gas Phase Measurements
4. Particle Sampling Issues
5. Aerosol Measurement Systems
6. In Situ Characterization of Clouds and Precipitation Particles
7. Radiation Measurements
8. Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
9. Active Remote Sensing
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Manfred Wendisch is Professor at the Institute for Atmospheric Physics at the University of Mainz, Germany. He carried out research projects at the Institute for Tropospheric Research (IfT) in Leipzig and at the NASA Ames Center; NASA awared him a Group Achievement Award.
Jean-Louis Brenguier is Director of the Experimental and Instrumental meteorology Group of the French Meteorological Service, and Coordinator of the European facilities for Airborne Research (EUFAR). His research activities comprise aerosol detection. Both authors are highly regarded with the community.