The total carbon column observing network. Journal Article uri icon



  • A global network of ground-based Fourier transform spectrometers has been founded to remotely measure column abundances of CO(2), CO, CH(4), N(2)O and other molecules that absorb in the near-infrared. These measurements are directly comparable with the near-infrared total column measurements from space-based instruments. With stringent requirements on the instrumentation, acquisition procedures, data processing and calibration, the Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON) achieves an accuracy and precision in total column measurements that is unprecedented for remote-sensing observations (better than 0.25% for CO(2)). This has enabled carbon-cycle science investigations using the TCCON dataset, and allows the TCCON to provide a link between satellite measurements and the extensive ground-based in situ network.

publication date

  • May 28, 2011

has restriction

  • hybrid

Date in CU Experts

  • March 13, 2015 1:52 AM

Full Author List

  • Wunch D; Toon GC; Blavier J-FL; Washenfelder RA; Notholt J; Connor BJ; Griffith DWT; Sherlock V; Wennberg PO

author count

  • 9

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1364-503X

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 2087

end page

  • 2112


  • 369


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