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Tropospheric water vapour isotopologue data (H<sub>2</sub><sup>16</sup>O, H<sub>2</sub><sup>18</sup>O, and HD<sup>16</sup>O) as obtained from NDACC/FTIR solar absorption spectra

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Barthlott Sabine, Schneider Matthias, Hase Frank, Blumenstock Thomas, Kiel Matthäus, Dubravica Darko, García Omaira E., Sepúlveda Eliezer, Mengistu Tsidu Gizaw, Takele Kenea Samuel, Grutter Michel, Plaza-Medina Eddy F., Stremme Wolfgang, Strong Kim, Weaver Dan, Palm Mathias, Warneke Thorsten, Notholt Justus, Mahieu Emmanuel, Servais Christian, Jones Nicholas, Griffith David W. T., Smale Dan, Robinson John,
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Earth System Science Data
Volume (Issue) 9(1)
Page(s) 15 - 29
Title of proceedings Earth System Science Data
DOI 10.5194/essd-9-15-2017

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Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


We report on the ground-based FTIR (Fourier transform infrared) tropospheric water vapour isotopologue remote sensing data that have been recently made available via the database of NDACC (Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change; ) and via doi:10.5281/zenodo.48902 . Currently, data are available for 12 globally distributed stations. They have been centrally retrieved and quality-filtered in the framework of the MUSICA project (MUlti-platform remote Sensing of Isotopologues for investigating the Cycle of Atmospheric water). We explain particularities of retrieving the water vapour isotopologue state (vertical distribution of H 2 16 O, H 2 18 O, and HD 16 O) and reveal the need for a new metadata template for archiving FTIR isotopologue data. We describe the format of different data components and give recommendations for correct data usage. Data are provided as two data types. The first type is best-suited for tropospheric water vapour distribution studies disregarding different isotopologues (comparison with radiosonde data, analyses of water vapour variability and trends, etc.). The second type is needed for analysing moisture pathways by means of H 2 O, δ D -pair distributions.