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See detailLa littérature scientifique dans la formation des bioingénieurs à Gembloux. Vingt années d'évolution du concept d'Information Literacy
Pochet, Bernard ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

In the education of bioengineers at Gembloux, the concept of information literacy was chosen as a guide for information literacy education. This concept describes a set of skills that allow individuals to ... [more ▼]

In the education of bioengineers at Gembloux, the concept of information literacy was chosen as a guide for information literacy education. This concept describes a set of skills that allow individuals to recognize an information need and enable them to locate, evaluate and use information needed. The concept of information literacy has evolved over the last two decades. This essay traces, through five articles and a review of the literature on the subject, the evolution of the concept. It also presents ways to implement information literacy education with a methodological approach, starting by the identification of the need of information to solve a problem to the production of a scientific communication (a homework, a conference, a scholarly paper...). This work addresses also the question of the relative invisibility of the concept of information literacy outside information specialists such as librarians. The major objective is to demonstrate that information literacy education is going well beyond the library. The skills involved are also intellectual, social and cultural skills. They include media and new information technologies and are not limited to technical or technological skills. Information literacy has become an autonomous discipline, with specific content, evolving, to talk about a didactic. Information literacy courses held in Gembloux should be considered as tools to improve the training of bioengineers and particularly the quality of their scientific publications. [less ▲]

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See detailPiezocision-assisted orthodontic treatment in adult patient: A case report
CHARAVET, Carole ULg; LAMBERT, France ULg; LECLOUX, Geoffrey ULg et al

Conference (2012, December 07)

The duration of orthodontic treatments in adult patient remains a barrier for some patients. The recent scientific reports describing piezocision technique involving minimally invasive corticotomies, seem ... [more ▼]

The duration of orthodontic treatments in adult patient remains a barrier for some patients. The recent scientific reports describing piezocision technique involving minimally invasive corticotomies, seem to be of interest for these particular cases. The present communication describes the clinical case of a 20-year-old patient presenting a class I bilateral, an overcrowding of front areas with the superior canine in mesio-infraclusion and a deviated lower median line. An excellent multidisciplinary approach is mandatory for the planification of such cases. Under local anesthesia, the surgical technique involves vertical minimal incision around the teeth that need to be moved. Trough the minimal incisions, 5mm vertical alveolar osteotomies are performed using ultrasonic surgical device. No suture is necessary. The orthodontic activation is applied 1 week before the surgical procedure and the patient is recalled every 15 days to activate the orthodontic appliance. In this case self-ligating brackets were used to reduce the friction. Post-operative outcomes were painless for the patient and the complete orthodontic procedure took 7 months. The overall treatment appeared to be faster than a conventional orthodontic treatment. However, even if animal studies seem to confirm the clinical feeling described in this case report, further clinical studies including randomized controlled trials are needed to validate this treatment approach. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure et fonction des communautés phytoplanctoniques en milieux côtiers marin et lagunaire (Méditerranée – Corse) dans une optique de gestion
Garrido, Marie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

Les écosystèmes côtiers contribuent de manière importante à la production primaire des océans. De par leur position géographique, ils sont particulièrement sensibles à l’eutrophisation. Le compartiment ... [more ▼]

Les écosystèmes côtiers contribuent de manière importante à la production primaire des océans. De par leur position géographique, ils sont particulièrement sensibles à l’eutrophisation. Le compartiment phytoplanctonique y joue un rôle prépondérant au regard de sa position dans la chaîne tropique, mais également en termes de diversité. Il est également capable d’intégrer et/ou de refléter les changements environnementaux qui s’opèrent à court, moyen et long terme. Cette thèse vise à renforcer les connaissances sur la dynamique et la fonction des communautés phytoplanctoniques par rapport aux conditions environnementales dans deux écosystèmes côtiers, en utilisant des techniques traditionnelles comme la microscopie, l’HPLC et d’autres plus récentes comme le Phyto-PAM et la FluoroProbe. Le littoral corse a été choisi comme site d’étude. En effet, ses 1 047 km de côtes regorgent d’écosystèmes particulièrement dynamiques, d’une richesse biologique importante et de zones d’interfaces productives (e.g. structure frontale, milieu lagunaire). Malgré cela, il existe peu de données concernant la dynamique et la fonction de ces micro-algues, aussi bien en milieu marin côtier que lagunaire. Une fréquence d’échantillonnage appropriée à l’échelle d’observation a été utilisée selon les écosystèmes étudiés et le type d’étude menée (in situ ou expérimentale), allant de prélèvements mensuels à des prélèvements journaliers. Dans un premier temps, nous avons poursuivi les efforts engagés depuis plusieurs années concernant l’amélioration des méthodes d’analyses spectrofluorimétriques nécessaires pour l’étude de la dynamique et l’analyse fonctionnelle des communautés phytoplanctoniques. Des recommandations concernant les conditions de conservation des échantillons (i.e. durée, température) ont été dégagées pour l’analyse au Phyto-PAM, afin d’affiner les limites d’utilisation de cet outil. Nous avons également testé l’utilisation de la FluoroProbe dans les écosystèmes côtiers en Méditerranée. Dans un second temps, nous avons étudié la variabilité spatio-temporelle des communautés phytoplanctoniques en milieu marin côtier (Calvi et Bastia) et en milieu lagunaire eutrophisé (Réserve Naturelle de Biguglia). Les résultats ont mis en avant une succession écologique et une structure des peuplements phytoplanctoniques différentes dans les deux écosystèmes marins côtiers étudiés, présentant des spécificités locales propres et comparés à l’échelle des zones côtières en Méditerranée. Nous avons démontré que des événements météorologiques pouvaient influencer les variations observées, agissant directement sur l’abondance des espèces ou indirectement sur les conditions du milieu (e.g. nutriments). Au niveau lagunaire, les actions de gestion mises en œuvre ont impacté la structure et l'efficacité photosynthétique des communautés phytoplanctoniques. Les modifications des flux hydrologiques ont exacerbé le caractère confiné de la lagune et des efflorescences successives d’espèces opportunistes et non profitables au réseau trophique supérieur ont été observées. Ces études ont permis de fournir une aide scientifique en ce qui concerne la prise de décision qui incombe aux acteurs de l’environnement et plus particulièrement les gestionnaires, dans une optique de gestion. [less ▲]

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See detailPistes pour une mesure de la compétence numérique
Vandeput, Etienne ULg; Henry, Julie ULg

in Questions Vives : Recherches en Education (2012), 7(17),

Nowadays, in the educational field, digital literacy is considered absolutely necessary for students and citizens. If it is occasionally easy to observe the good practice of learners, there remains to ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, in the educational field, digital literacy is considered absolutely necessary for students and citizens. If it is occasionally easy to observe the good practice of learners, there remains to determine how to train them and how to certify their abilities. The visaTICE project tries to face both issues. In this project, certification is a big challenge, but another challenge is to set up a system that takes into account the school context but that is not constrained by it. Presently the visaTICE project has developed online courses, tests, ability trees, coach training programs, which can be used in different contexts but we are not able to prove now, neither the training efficiencies, nor the suitability of the certification tests. A significant number of students will participate in the certification test for the first time in May 2012. Up to now, the collaborative design principle applied in visaTICE acts as a warranty. [less ▲]

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See detailAnomalous OI-989 Å intensity profile: solving an old mystery.
Hubert, Benoît ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Shematovich, Valery I. et al

Poster (2012, December 06)

Sounding rocket measurements conducted in 1988 under high solar activity conditions had revealed that the intensity of the thermospheric OI emission at 989 Å presents an anomalous vertical profile ... [more ▼]

Sounding rocket measurements conducted in 1988 under high solar activity conditions had revealed that the intensity of the thermospheric OI emission at 989 Å presents an anomalous vertical profile. Observation presents an intensity much higher than what can be expected compared with theoretical results including the photochemical sources of excited oxygen and the radiative transfer of the photons of the OI-989 sextuplet especially above the exobase. Attempts were conducted to clarify the discrepancy by including the non-thermal O(3P) population that appears around the exobase and higher, and that can scatter Doppler-shifted photons of the line profile farther from the rest wavelength. All attempts based on detail modeling of the photochemical processes and radiative transfer revealed unable to account for the discrepancy. Recently the FUV and EUV solar flux has been obtained at very high spectral resolution with the SOHO-SUMER instrument, revealing a significant solar oxygen emission at 989 Å, i.e. a source of photons that had never been accounted for before. In this study, we compute the radiative transfer of the OI-989 Å multiplet including the photochemical sources of excited oxygen, the scattering of incident solar photons and the effect of non-thermal atoms. We find a good agreement with the previous sounding rocket observation, solving the old mystery. We also compare the model simulations with the observations of the STP-78 satellite to better determine the relative importance of the various parameters at work in the radiative transfer of the OI-989 Å multiplet. [less ▲]

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See detailUnderstanding the 3D morphology of the Jovian aurora using Juno-UVS observations: simulations and tomographic reconstruction
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Gladstone, Randy

Conference (2012, December 06)

The aurora at Jupiter is a spectacular signature of the many processes taking place in the Jovian magnetosphere, such as magnetic reconnection, large scale electric currents, moon-magnetosphere ... [more ▼]

The aurora at Jupiter is a spectacular signature of the many processes taking place in the Jovian magnetosphere, such as magnetic reconnection, large scale electric currents, moon-magnetosphere interactions, etc. As a consequence, this aurora is extremely complex and dynamic, powered by a variety of phenomena that we have only begun to unravel. The 3D morphology of the aurora can provide a way to untangle the different processes at play. As a polar orbiter, Juno will provide unprecedented global and close-up views of Jupiter’s auroral emissions. As it flies at low altitude over auroral curtains, spots and patches, it will provide views of these features from multiple points, allowing the retrieval of their 3D structure. The ultraviolet spectrograph on board Juno (Juno-UVS) is designed to observe auroral emissions in the 68 to 210 nm range. It is equipped with a scan mirror targeting up to +/-30 degrees off axis of the spacecraft rotation plane. We have built a planning tool to determine which auroral targets of interest, such as a satellite footprint for example, is observable by the instrument at any time during the mission. We have also built a simulation tool that allows us to generate realistic views of the Jovian aurora as observed by Juno-UVS. The purpose of this tool is to 1) fine-tune the selection algorithm to identify the most valuable data in the harsh radiation environment encountered around Jupiter, and 2) serve as a test bed for adapting tomographic algorithms to the Juno-UVS dataset. Tomographic reconstruction will allow estimation of the position and horizontal extent of the auroral regions of interest, as well as their vertical emission structure, which may be used to characterize the energy distribution of the precipitating particles responsible for the features. [less ▲]

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See detailExcess Return Forecast Using a Dynamic Asset Class Factor Model
Hübner, Georges ULg; Sougné, Danielle ULg; Wijnandts, Jean-Charles ULg

E-print/Working paper (2012)

We propose a Dynamic Hierarchical Factor Model using Asset classes to predict mutual funds excess returns. We use different forecast combination schemes of bivariate model considering each asset class ... [more ▼]

We propose a Dynamic Hierarchical Factor Model using Asset classes to predict mutual funds excess returns. We use different forecast combination schemes of bivariate model considering each asset class factor in isolation. Primary analysis highlights the importance to account for asset class specific variations together with between classes or common variations. Further refinements of the a priori repartition are however in order. Forecasting performance of the model outperforms the historical mean benchmark both in terms of MSPE and utility based criteria. A forecasting exercise matching more closely real-time conditions must be undertaken to validate these initial results. [less ▲]

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See detailHow the debate on the protection of IDPs could inform the debate on the protection of environmental migrations
Gemenne, François ULg; Brücker, Pauline

Conference (2012, December 06)

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See detailINFLUENCE OF MYELOPEROXIDASE ACTIVITY ON EQUINE POST-THAW SEMEN QUALITY
Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg; Parrilla Hernandez, Sonia ULg et al

in Edeas, Marvin (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2nd ISANH World congress on Fertility and Antioxidants (2012, December 06)

This study confirms that active MPO is associated with cellular fraction of the ejaculate, as previously suggested for total MPO concentration in thawed semen (2). However, active MPO concentrations were ... [more ▼]

This study confirms that active MPO is associated with cellular fraction of the ejaculate, as previously suggested for total MPO concentration in thawed semen (2). However, active MPO concentrations were dramatically lower than total MPO concentrations observed in equine semen (3), which could be explained by presence of inactive MPO subunits in semen. MPO activity in sperm-rich pellet can be used as a predictive marker of post-thaw semen quality. Moreover, methods to inhibit MPO should be investigated in semen. [less ▲]

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See detailLikely Detection of UV Auroral Emission from the Magnetic Footprint of Callisto
Clarke, John; Bhattacharyya, Dolon; Montgomery, Jordan et al

Poster (2012, December 06)

A large number of UV images of Jupiter's aurora were obtained in 2007/2008 with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) ACS/SBC camera. The initial results on variations with the solar wind conditions have been ... [more ▼]

A large number of UV images of Jupiter's aurora were obtained in 2007/2008 with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) ACS/SBC camera. The initial results on variations with the solar wind conditions have been published elsewhere, but the large database permits other studies to be performed. In particular, while auroral emissions have been detected from the magnetic footprints of Io, Europa, and Ganymede in Jupiter's atmosphere, the footprint of Callisto has been located too close to the main auroral oval to be detected. We have thus analyzed images of the ultraviolet auroral emissions of Jupiter taken using the F115LP filter on the HST/ACS instrument. Using a unique co-addition method, we have identified a strong candidate for the footprint of Callisto on May 24, 2007. We tested this finding by applying the same co-addition method to a nearly identical auroral configuration on May 30, 2007 when Callisto was well removed in its orbit. Comparing the two co-added images, we can clearly see the presence of Callisto’s footprint on the 24th and its absence on the 30th. The method relies as well on the motion of Callisto's footprint remaining under the satellite, while most of the auroral emissions rotate with the planet. The images and analysis method will be presented in this presentation. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing a 2D Model of the Io Plasma Torus to Investigate the Effects of Density Variations on the Morphology and Intensity of the Io Footprint
Payan, Alexia; Rajendar, Ashok; Paty, Carol et al

Poster (2012, December 06)

Io is the primary source of plasma in the Jovian magnetosphere, continuously releasing approximately 1 ton/s of SO2 from volcanic eruptions. The interaction of Io with Jupiter’s magnetosphere is strongly ... [more ▼]

Io is the primary source of plasma in the Jovian magnetosphere, continuously releasing approximately 1 ton/s of SO2 from volcanic eruptions. The interaction of Io with Jupiter’s magnetosphere is strongly influenced by the density structure of the resulting plasma torus and the position of Io relative to the center of the torus [Bonfond et al. 2008]. This unusual interaction produces a complex auroral feature on Jupiter’s ionosphere known as the Io footprint. Hubble Space Telescope (HST) observations of Jupiter’s far-UV aurora during spring 2007 showed an increased number of isolated auroral blobs along with a continuous expansion of Jupiter’s main auroral oval over a few months. These blobs were associated with several large injections of hot plasma between 9 and 27 Jovian radii. These events coincided with a large volcanic eruption of the Tvashtar Paterae on Io, as observed by the New Horizons spacecraft [Spencer et al., 2007]. This, in turn, may have resulted in a significant increase in the plasma torus density. Besides, on June 7th, 2007, the Io footprint momentarily became so faint that it disappeared under a diffuse patch of emission remaining from an injection blob [Bonfond et al., 2012]. The goal of the present study is to examine the relationship between the increased density of the plasma torus and the dimming of the Io footprint. We implement a 2D model of the Io plasma torus that treats the variable-density torus as being composed of discrete layers of uniform density. As the co-rotating plasma in the plasma torus impinges on Io, Alfvén waves are launched at a pushback angle obtained from Gurnett and Goertz [1981]. The waves propagate inside the plasma torus through reflection and refraction at density discontinuities where they lose some of their initial energy. Using the above model, we can track the Alfvén wave fronts in the plasma torus and determine the longitude at which they exit the torus along with the corresponding remaining energy. Since Alfvén waves are capable of accelerating charged particles along magnetic field lines, we assume that the discrete Io footprint features are created at these longitudes, and that the intensity of each of these features is positively correlated to the energy transported by the wave front as it exits the plasma torus. Therefore, the model allows us to investigate both the effects of density changes and of Io’s position in the plasma torus on the intensity and the morphology of the Io footprint. In this context, the model enables us to determine the density increase in the plasma torus required to explain the apparent disappearance of Io footprint given its position at that time. [less ▲]

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See detailQuelques constats sur le devenir des métiers industriels
Remy, Céline ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2012)

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See detailCoronary heart disease: the MONICA-BELLUX Register
JeanJean, Michel; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg; Wunsch, Guillaume

Conference (2012, December 05)

Background : Cardiovascular diseases contribute to 42% of overall mortality in the European Union. Over a third of deaths from CVD are from coronary heart disease and just over a quarter are from ... [more ▼]

Background : Cardiovascular diseases contribute to 42% of overall mortality in the European Union. Over a third of deaths from CVD are from coronary heart disease and just over a quarter are from cerebrovascular disease (stroke). Standardized death rates for heart disease have fallen dramatically in the last 25 years in Western Europe, both for men and for women. Multinational MONItoring of trends and determinants in CArdiovascular disease The MONICA Project : A major source of information on cardiovascular diseases established in the early 1980s under the auspices of WHO, to monitor trends in cardiovascular diseases and to relate these to risk factor changes over a ten year period. There were a total of 37 MONICA Collaborating Centres in 21 countries (including 29 populations in 16 European countries). The ten year data collection was completed in the late 1990s, though several Centres are still active today. Conclusions : CVD registers remain nevertheless an invaluable source for monitoring levels and trends in incidence and case fatality. Trends in incidence rates and in case fatality rates can significantly differ from one another. This situation requires better detection of individuals at risk. The intervention component of the BELLUX register is well-suited for this task. [less ▲]

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See detailDes controverses souterraines et silencieuses ? Les vers de terre (lombricidés), l’agronomie et l’agriculture : d’une « non-histoire » à leur délicate mobilisation dans la conception et l’évaluation de formes contemporaines d’agricultures « durables »
Dannevoye, Bastien ULg

Conference (2012, December 05)

This communication investigates the recent and marginal scientific and agronomic interest in earthworms (or "lumbricids"), which paradoxically accounts for the first animal biomass of the globe. After ... [more ▼]

This communication investigates the recent and marginal scientific and agronomic interest in earthworms (or "lumbricids"), which paradoxically accounts for the first animal biomass of the globe. After giving some historical points of reference about earthworms' quite recent scientific knowledge-building - thanks to soil scientists and biologists' works -, we present the manner in which the earthworms and their agricultural and ecological functions are valued today amongst groups of farmers linked to "conservation agriculture practices". This second part is built on sociological observation and interviews amongst those "conservation farmers", at work as well as communicating on their soil conservation practices (no-till, direct drilling, etc.). By doing that, we aim at describing how the earthworms, conceived as "intermediary objects" and "spokesperson" of the much larger soil biology, allows for those practicians to make strongly hold together production and environmental challenges in the agriculture they're developing... instead of opposing those stakes as it's usually the case. [less ▲]

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See detailBiolixiviation de la carrolite-Application aux minerais polymétalliques de l'Arc Cuprifère du Katanga (cas de minerais de la mine de Kamoya, Kambove) en RDC
Nkulu Wa Ngoie, Guy ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

The present work focuses on the bioleaching of carrolite as pure mineral and application of bioleaching as an alternative technique for processing the polymetallic sulphide ores in Katanga copperbelt ... [more ▼]

The present work focuses on the bioleaching of carrolite as pure mineral and application of bioleaching as an alternative technique for processing the polymetallic sulphide ores in Katanga copperbelt (case of Kamoya deposit ores) in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A preliminary study on the bioleaching of carrolite in the presence of mesophilic bacteria has highlighted the effect of the initial pH (pH = 1.5, 2.0 and 2.5), particle size (-53μm, -75+53 µm, -106+75µm), the pulp density (dp= 2.5 and 10) on the pH, the solution redox and on the dissolution performance of copper, nickel and cobalt. The results obtained at this stage showed that the initial pH, particle size and pulp density greatly influences the process of bioleaching of carrolite. The evolution of pH, solution redox and the efficiency of metals dissolution with time considering these factors indicate the importance of bacterial growth. Good bacterial activity thereby yields high metal dissolution which is being obtained at initial pH 2.0, particle size of -53μm and 2% pulp density. A second study upon the bioleaching of carrolite has allowed highlighting the metal dissolution mechanism during the bioleaching process. The evolution of the bacterial population, observations of Optical Microscope (MO), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope (CLSM) of carrolite grains during bioleaching and spectroscopical analysis in X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) of bioleaching residues allowed us to demonstrate the role and importance of bacteria attached on the surface of carrolite grains from one hand, and ferric ions on the other hand, during the carrolite bioleaching. Strong adhesion of bacteria to the surface of the carrolite grains was observed during early bioleach stages and playing an important role in the process. This phenomenon would cause the release of ferrous ions in solution by a direct contact mechanism on the one hand and causing oxidation of ferrous ions, elemental sulfur or sulfur compounds on the other hand, compounds which would accumulate at the surface of carrolite grains. The number of free bacteria in solution increases thus promoting the oxidation of ferrous to ferric ions, which oxidize the mineral through indirect mechanism. The number of free bacteria in solution and that of attached bacteria became constant over time, suggesting a cooperative mechanism of carrolite bioleaching. Finally, a statistical study of bioleaching of polymetallic concentrate from Kamoya deposit by Taguchi methodology and analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to investigate the effect of different physicochemical parameters (initial pH, temperature, agitation, pulp density and duration of bioleaching) on the process efficiency. The results obtained from this statistical approach showed the possibility of bioleaching application as an alternative technique for treatment of the polymetallic sulphide ores of the Katanga copperbelt in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) but further investigation using thermophilic bacteria should be considered to improve metal dissolution. [less ▲]

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See detailCatalytic purification of biogas
Claude, Vincent ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg

Poster (2012, December 05)

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See detailGround-based remote sensing of tropospheric water vapour isotopologues within the project MUSICA
Schneider, M.; Barthlott, S.; Hase, F. et al

in Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (2012), 5(2012), 3007-3027

Within the project MUSICA (MUlti-platform remote Sensing of Isotopologues for investigating the Cycle of Atmospheric water), long-term tropospheric water vapour isotopologue data records are provided for ... [more ▼]

Within the project MUSICA (MUlti-platform remote Sensing of Isotopologues for investigating the Cycle of Atmospheric water), long-term tropospheric water vapour isotopologue data records are provided for ten globally distributed ground-based mid-infrared remote sensing stations of the NDACC (Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change). We present a new method allowing for an extensive and straightforward characterisation of the complex nature of such isotopologue remote sensing datasets. We demonstrate that the MUSICA humidity profiles are representative for most of the troposphere with a vertical resolution ranging from about 2 km (in the lower troposphere) to 8 km (in the upper troposphere) and with an estimated precision of better than 10%. We find that the sensitivity with respect to the isotopologue composition is limited to the lower and middle troposphere, whereby we estimate a precision of about 30‰ for the ratio between the two isotopologues HD16O and H216O. The measurement noise, the applied atmospheric temperature profiles, the uncertainty in the spectral baseline, and the cross-dependence on humidity are the leading error sources. We introduce an a posteriori correction method of the cross-dependence on humidity, and we recommend applying it to isotopologue ratio remote sensing datasets in general. In addition, we present mid-infrared CO2 retrievals and use them for demonstrating the MUSICA network-wide data consistency. In order to indicate the potential of long-term isotopologue remote sensing data if provided with a well-documented quality, we present a climatology and compare it to simulations of an isotope incorporated AGCM (Atmospheric General Circulation Model). We identify differences in the multi-year mean and seasonal cycles that significantly exceed the estimated errors, thereby indicating deficits in the modeled atmospheric water cycle. [less ▲]

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