Water vapor in the Atmosphere

The water vapor in the atmosphere is the main reason for absorbing light in the near-infrared and infrared. The transmission of light for three different water-vapor levels in the wavelength range from 0.9 $ \upmu$m to 2.5 $ \upmu$m is shown in Figure 6. The transmittance of the atmosphere for 1 mm, 1.6 mm and 3 mm water vapor [TRANSA] is displayed. In the ETC three different values for the water vapor can be selected: 1.0mm, 1.6mm and 3.0mm.

Figure 6: Transmittance vs. wavelength for three different water vapor levels.

Andre Germeroth 2014-07-17