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See detailThe Ground-based European Nulling Interferometry Experiment (DARWIN-GENIE)
Gondoin, P.; Absil, Olivier ULg; den Hartog, R. et al

in Fridlund, Malcolm; Henning, Thomas (Eds.) Towards Other Earths: DARWIN/TPF and the Search for Extrasolar Terrestrial Planets (2003, October 01)

Darwin is one of the most challenging space projects ever considered by the European Space Agency (ESA). Its principal objectives are to detect Earth-like planets around nearby stars and to characterise ... [more ▼]

Darwin is one of the most challenging space projects ever considered by the European Space Agency (ESA). Its principal objectives are to detect Earth-like planets around nearby stars and to characterise their atmospheres. Darwin is conceived as a space "nulling interferometer" which makes use of on-axis destructive interferences to extinguish the stellar light while keeping the off-axis signal of the orbiting planet. Within the frame of the Darwin program, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO) intend to build a ground-based technology demonstrator called GENIE (Ground based European Nulling Interferometry Experiment). Such a ground-based demonstrator built around the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) in Paranal will test some of the key technologies required for the Darwin Infrared Space Interferometer. It will demonstrate that nulling interferometry can be achieved in a broad mid-IR band as a precursor to the next phase of the Darwin program. [less ▲]

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See detailGround-based follow-up in relation to Kepler asteroseismic investigation
Uytterhoeven, K.; Briquet, Maryline ULg; Bruntt, H. et al

in Astronomische Nachrichten (2010), 331

The Kepler space mission, successfully launched in March 2009, is providing continuous and high-precision photometry of thousands of stars simultaneously. The uninterrupted time-series of stars of all ... [more ▼]

The Kepler space mission, successfully launched in March 2009, is providing continuous and high-precision photometry of thousands of stars simultaneously. The uninterrupted time-series of stars of all known pulsation types are a precious source for asteroseismic studies. The Kepler data do not provide information on the physical parameters, such as T_eff, log g, metallicity, and v sin i, which are crucial for successful asteroseismic modelling. Additional ground-based time-series data are needed to characterize mode parameters in several types of pulsating stars. Therefore, ground-based multi-colour photometry and mid/high-resolution spectroscopy are needed to complement the space data. We present ground-based activities within KASC on selected asteroseismic Kepler targets of several pulsation types. Based on observations made with the Isaac Newton Telescope and William Herschel Telescope operated by the Isaac Newton Group, with the Nordic Optical Telescope, operated jointly by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, with the Italian Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG) operated by the Fundación Galileo Galilei of the INAF (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica), and with the Mercator telescope, operated by the Flemish Community, all on the island of La Palma at the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC). Based on observations made with the IAC-80 operated on the island of Tenerife by the IAC at the Spanish Observatorio del Teide. Also based on observations taken at the observatories of Sierra Nevada, San Pedro Mártir, Vienna, Xinglong, Apache Point, Lulin, Tautenburg, McDonald, Skinakas, Pic du Midi, Mauna Kea, Steward Observatory, Mt. Wilson, Białków Observatory of the Wrocław University, Piszkésteto Mountain Station, and Observatoire de Haute Provence. Based on spectra taken at the Loiano (INAF - OA Bologna), Serra La Nave (INAF - OA Catania) and Asiago (INAF - OA Padova) observatories. Also based on observations collected at the Centro Astronómico Hispano Alemán (CAHA) at Calar Alto, operated jointly by the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC). We acknowledge with thanks the variable star observations from the AAVSO International Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this research. Funding for the Kepler mission is provided by NASA's Science Mission Directorate. We thank the entire Kepler team for the development and operations of this outstanding mission. [less ▲]

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See detailGround-based FTIR measurements at Ile de La Réunion: Observations, error analysis and comparisons with satellite data.
Senten, Cindy; De Mazière, Martine; Hermans, Christian et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2007), 9

Ground-based Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy is a powerful remote sensing technique to obtain information on the total column abundances and on the vertical distribution of various ... [more ▼]

Ground-based Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy is a powerful remote sensing technique to obtain information on the total column abundances and on the vertical distribution of various constituents in the atmosphere. Many of these species are essential for the investigation of important atmospheric phenomena, such as the overall greenhouse effect or the stratospheric ozone decrease and recovery. In the frame of the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC), such observations have been made since many years at several measurement stations for the worldwide long-term monitoring of the atmospheric composition. In this work, we present the results from two short-term FTIR measurement campaigns in 2002 and 2004 at the Ile de La Réunion (21°S, 55°E), a complementary NDACC site in the subtropics, in the Indian Ocean. All spectra were recorded in solar absorption mode. The results discussed here concern the direct greenhouse gases methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and ozone (O3), and the indirect greenhouse gases carbon monoxide (CO) and ethane (C2H6), as well as hydrogen cyanide (HCN) and stratospheric hydrogen chloride (HCl), hydrogen fluoride (HF) and nitric acid (HNO3). For the latter species (HCN, HCl, HF and HNO3), we show time series of total column amounts from the surface up to 60 km. For CO, CH4, N2O and O3, it is possible to derive additionally independent information on a few partial columns; these time series are discussed as well. A complete error budget of the retrieval products is given. Temporary mutually correlated enhancements of CO, C2H6and HCN have been observed. They have been traced back to biomass burning events in southern Africa and Madagascar using the FLEXPART model. Comparisons of our retrievals with correlative data from satellite experiments, such as ACE and MOPITT, and with available ozone soundings, show generally good agreements between the different data sets. [less ▲]

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See detailGround-based FTIR Measurements from a Series of European sites during the Winter of 1995/96 and a Comparison with a 3D Chemical Transport Model: Evidence of Chlorine Activation and Ozone depletion
Paton Walsh, C.; Bell, W.; Blumenstock, T. et al

in Harris, N. R. P.; Kilbane-Dawe, I.; Amanatidis, G.T. (Eds.) Polar stratospheric ozone 1997 (1998)

Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) measurements of stratospheric trace species have been made at a network of five ground-based sites from 79°N to 47°N during the Northern hemisphere winter of 1995/1996 ... [more ▼]

Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) measurements of stratospheric trace species have been made at a network of five ground-based sites from 79°N to 47°N during the Northern hemisphere winter of 1995/1996. This winter was extremely cold with temperatures below the threshold for type 1 polar stratospheric cloud (PSC) formation from mid December 1995 until early March 1996 when there was a rapid warming of the stratosphere. Over 25 days experienced temperatures low enough for ice cloud (PSC type 2) formation. Vertical columns values for HCl, ClONO2, HF and HNO3 have been derived from FTIR measurements at the following sites: Ny Alesund, Spitzbergen (79°N, 12°E); Kiruna, Sweden (67°N, 21°E); Harestua, Norway (60°N, 11°E); London, England (51°N, 0°E) and the Jungfraujoch, Switzerland (48°N, 8°E), with measurements of other stratospheric trace gases, including O3 and ClO available from some of the sites. All of these sites are equipped with high resolution Bruker 120HR or 120M spectrometers, recording atmospheric spectra in the mid infrared using the Sun as a source. These measurements have been used to provide both evidence of substantial activation within large areas of the polar vortex and a subsequent O3 depletion. The measurements suggest a well mixed central vortex area surrounded by a vortex edge that may be highly variable in composition. The measurements also provide evidence of substantial mixing of activated air from the edge of the polar vortex into middle latitudes. Comparison with the SLIMCAT 3D chemical transport model highlights the underestimation of ClONO2 concentrations in the model, with subsequent implications for underestimating O3 loss. [less ▲]

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See detailGround-based FTIR measurements of CO from the Jungfraujoch: characterisation and comparison with in situ surface and MOPITT data
Barret, Brice; De Mazière, Martine; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2003), 3

CO vertical profiles have been retrieved from solar absorption FTIR spectra recorded at the NDSC station of the Jungfraujoch ( 46.5 degreesN, 8degrees E and 3580 ma. s. l.) for the period from January ... [more ▼]

CO vertical profiles have been retrieved from solar absorption FTIR spectra recorded at the NDSC station of the Jungfraujoch ( 46.5 degreesN, 8degrees E and 3580 ma. s. l.) for the period from January 1997 to May 2001. The characterisation of these profiles has been established by an information content analysis and an estimation of the error budgets. A partial validation of the profiles has been performed through comparisons with correlative measurements. The average volume mixing ratios ( vmr) in the 3 km layer above the station have been compared with coincident surface measurements. The agreement between monthly means from both measurement techniques is very good, with a correlation coefficient of 0.87, and no significant bias observed. The FTIR total columns have also been compared to CO partial columns above 3580 ma. s. l. derived from the MOPITT ( Measurement Of Pollution In The Troposphere) instrument for the period March 2000 to May 2001. Relative to the FTIR columns, the MOPITT partial columns exhibit a positive bias of 8 +/- 8% for daytime and of 4 +/- 7% for nighttime measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailGround-based FTIR measurements of O3- and climate-related gases in the free troposphere and lower stratosphere
De Mazière, M.; Barret, B.; Vigouroux, C. et al

in Zerefos, C. S. (Ed.) Proceedings Quadrennial Ozone Symposium (2004)

In the frame of the EC project UFTIR (Time series of Upper Free Troposphere observations from a European ground-based FTIR network), a common strategy for an optimal determination of the chemical ... [more ▼]

In the frame of the EC project UFTIR (Time series of Upper Free Troposphere observations from a European ground-based FTIR network), a common strategy for an optimal determination of the chemical composition in the free troposphere and lower stratosphere with ground-based Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometers is being developed. The project focuses on 6 target species that are O3, CO, CH4, N2O, C2H6 and CHClF2 (HCFC-22). The strategy consists in selecting the most appropriate parameters to retrieve vertical concentration profiles from solar FTIR spectra. Among the important parameters are the spectral microwindows: they have been optimised to maximise the information content and to minimize the influence of poorly known spectroscopic data and interfering species. [less ▲]

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See detailGROUND-BASED INFRARED MEASUREMENTS OF CARBONYL SULFIDE TOTAL COLUMN ABUNDANCES - LONG-TERM TRENDS AND VARIABILITY
RINSLAND, C. P.; Zander, Rodolphe ULg; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (1992), 97(D5), 5995-6002

Total vertical column abundances of carbonyl sulfide (OCS) have been derived from time series of high-resolution infrared solar absorption spectra recorded at the National Solar Observatory McMath solar ... [more ▼]

Total vertical column abundances of carbonyl sulfide (OCS) have been derived from time series of high-resolution infrared solar absorption spectra recorded at the National Solar Observatory McMath solar telescope facility on Kitt Peak (altitude 2.09 km, latitude 31.9-degrees-N, longitude 111.6-degrees-W), southwest of Tucson, Arizona, and at the International Scientific Station of the Jungfraujoch (altitude 3.58 km, latitude 46.5-degrees-N, longitude 8.0-degrees-E), in the Swiss Alps. The analysis of both data sets is based on nonlinear least squares spectral fittings of narrow intervals centered on lines of the intense nu-3 band of OCS, the P(37) transition at 2045.5788 cm-1 and the P(15) transition at 2055.8609 cm-1, with a consistent set of spectroscopic line parameters. The Kitt Peak measurements, recorded on 30 different days between May 1977 and March 1991, show a 10% peak-to-peak seasonal cycle with a summer maximum and a winter minimum and a trend in the total column abundance equal to (0.1 +/- 0.2)% yr-1, 2-sigma. Jungfraujoch solar spectra recorded on 67 different days between October 1984 and April 1991 have been analyzed. The fitted trend in the Jungfraujoch total columns, (-0.1 +/- 0.5)% yr-1, 2-sigma, is consistent with the Kitt Peak trend results within the errors. The Jungfraujoch total columns show a more complex seasonal variation than noted in the Kitt Peak data. The mean of the daily averaged total columns, 8.44 x 10(15) molecules cm-2 above Kitt Peak and 6.41 x 10(15) molecules cm-2 above the Jungfraujoch station, correspond respectively to mean tropospheric mixing ratios of 0.54 +/- 0.04 and 0.52 +/- 0.04 parts per billion by volume; these values are consistent with previously reported remote and in situ measurements. Taken together, the results from the two sites indicate that there has been no significant change in the OCS total column abundance at northern mid-latitudes over the last decade. [less ▲]

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See detailGround-Based Infrared Measurements of HNO3 Total Column Abundances: Long-Term Trend and Variability
Rinsland, C.P.; Zander, Rodolphe ULg; Demoulin, Philippe ULg

in Journal of Geophysical Research (1991), 96(D5), 9379-9389

The long-term trend and variability of the total column amount of atmospheric nitric acid (HNO3) have been investigated based on time series of infrared solar absorption spectra recorded at two remote ... [more ▼]

The long-term trend and variability of the total column amount of atmospheric nitric acid (HNO3) have been investigated based on time series of infrared solar absorption spectra recorded at two remote high-altitude sites, the International Scientific Station of the Jungfraujoch (ISSJ) in the Swiss Alps (altitude 3.6 km, latitude 46.5°N, longitude 8.0°E) and the National Solar Observatory McMath solar telescope facility on Kitt Peak (altitude 2.1 km, latitude 31.9°N, longitude 111.6°W), southwest of Tucson, Arizona. The HNO3 v5 band Q branch at 879.1 cm-1 and three P branch manifolds near 869 cm-1 were analyzed using a nonlinear least squares spectral fitting technique and a consistent set of spectroscopic line parameters. The ISSJ measurements evaluated in the present work consist of two solar spectra recorded with a grating spectrometer in June 1951 and a set of observations obtained with a high-resolution Fourier transform spectrometer between June 1986 and June 1990. The modern ISSJ measurements show a ~20% peak-to-peak amplitude seasonal cycle with a winter maximum superimposed on significant variability and a summer minimum; the June results from 1986 to 1990 are both higher and lower than the two retrieved June 1951 HNO3 total column amounts. The fitted trend, (-0.16 +- 0.50) %/yr, 2 sigma, indicates that there has been no detectable change in the HNO3 total column over the last 4 decades. The Kitt Peak measurements, recorded with a high-resolution Fourier transform spectrometer between December 1980 and June 1990, also show marked variability in the HNO3 total column, but in contrast to the ISSJ measurements, no obvious seasonal cycle is observed. The deduced trend in the total column above Kitt Peak, (-0.8 +- 1.6) %/yr, 2 sigma, is consistent with the ISSJ time series of measurements, in that no significant HNO3 long-term trend has been found. The sets of measurements from the two sites are compared with each other and with previously published results, with emphasis on the reported variability of HNO3 and the changes in the HNO3 total column with season and latitude. [less ▲]

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See detailGround-based infrared solar spectroscopic measurements of carbon monoxide during 1994 Measurement of Air Pollution From Space flights
Pougatchev, N. S.; Jones, N. B.; Connor, B. J. et al

in Journal Of Geophysical Research. Atmospheres (1998), 103(D15), 19317-19325

Results of the comparison of carbon monoxide ground-based infrared solar spectroscopic measurements with data obtained during 1994 Measurement of Air Pollution From Space (MAPS) flights are presented ... [more ▼]

Results of the comparison of carbon monoxide ground-based infrared solar spectroscopic measurements with data obtained during 1994 Measurement of Air Pollution From Space (MAPS) flights are presented. Spectroscopic measurements were performed correlatively with April and October MAPS flights by nine research groups from Belgium, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, and the United States. Characterization of the techniques and error analysis were performed. The role of the CO a priori profile used in the retrieval was estimated. In most cases an agreement between spectroscopic and MAPS data is within estimated MAPS accuracy of +/-10%. [less ▲]

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See detailGround-based infrared spectroscopic measurements of carbonyl sulfide: Free tropospheric trends from a 24-year time series of solar absorption measurements
Rinsland, Curtis P.; Goldman, Aaron; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Atmospheres (2002), 107(D22),

[1] Solar absorption spectra recorded over a 24-year time span have been analyzed to retrieve average free tropospheric mixing ratios of carbonyl sulfide (OCS). The measurements were recorded with the ... [more ▼]

[1] Solar absorption spectra recorded over a 24-year time span have been analyzed to retrieve average free tropospheric mixing ratios of carbonyl sulfide (OCS). The measurements were recorded with the Fourier transform spectrometer located in the U. S. National Solar Observatory McMath solar telescope facility on Kitt Peak (altitude 2.09 km, lat. 31.9degreesN, long. 111.6degreesW), southwest of Tucson, Arizona, and were obtained on 167 days between May 1978 and February 2002, typically at 0.01-cm(-1) spectral resolution. A best fit to the time series shows an average mixing ratio of 566 pptv (1 pptv = 10(-12) per unit volume) between 2.09 and 10 km, a small but statistically significant long-term decrease equal to (-0.25 +/- 0.04)% yr(-1), 1 sigma, and a seasonal variation with a summer maximum, a winter minimum, and a peak amplitude of (1.3 +/- 0.4)%, 1 sigma, relative to the mean. Although a statistically significant decline and seasonal variation have been detected, both are exceedingly small. The present results confirm and extend earlier studies showing that the OCS free tropospheric abundance at northern midlatitudes has remained nearly constant over the last decades. [less ▲]

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See detailGround-based Network of NDVI measurements for tracking temporal dynamics of canopy structure and vegetation phenology in different biomes
Soudani, K.; Hmimina, K.; Delpierre, N. et al

in Remote Sensing of Environment (2012), 123

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See detailGround-based observations of the beta Cephei CoRoT main target HD 180 642: abundance analysis and mode identification
Briquet, Maryline ULg; Uytterhoeven, K.; Morel, Thierry ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2009), 506

The known β Cephei star HD 180 642 was observed by the CoRoT satellite in 2007. From the very high-precision light curve, its pulsation frequency spectrum could be derived for the first time (Degroote ... [more ▼]

The known β Cephei star HD 180 642 was observed by the CoRoT satellite in 2007. From the very high-precision light curve, its pulsation frequency spectrum could be derived for the first time (Degroote and collaborators). In this paper, we obtain additional constraints for forthcoming asteroseismic modeling of the target. Our results are based on both extensive ground-based multicolour photometry and high-resolution spectroscopy. We determine T_eff = 24 500± 1000 K and log g = 3.45± 0.15 dex from spectroscopy. The derived chemical abundances are consistent with those for B stars in the solar neighbourhood, except for a mild nitrogen excess. A metallicity Z = 0.0099± 0.0016 is obtained. Three modes are detected in photometry. The degree â is unambiguously identified for two of them: â = 0 and â = 3 for the frequencies 5.48694 d[SUP]-1[/SUP] and 0.30818 d[SUP]-1[/SUP], respectively. The radial mode is non-linear and highly dominant with an amplitude in the U-filter about 15 times larger than the strongest of the other modes. For the third frequency of 7.36673 d[SUP]-1[/SUP] found in photometry, two possibilities remain: â = 0 or 3. In the radial velocities, the dominant radial mode presents a so-called stillstand but no clear evidence of the existence of shocks is observed. Four low-amplitude modes are found in spectroscopy and one of them, with frequency 8.4079 d[SUP]-1[/SUP], is identified as (â ,m)=(3,2). Based on this mode identification, we finally deduce an equatorial rotational velocity of 38± 15 km s[SUP]-1[/SUP]. Based on data gathered with the 1.2m Mercator telescope Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma, the 90cm telescope at Sierra Nevada Observatory, Spain, the 1.5 m telescope at San Pedro Mártir Observatory, Mexico, the 1m RCC and 50 cm telescope at the PiszkéstetÅ Mountain Station of Konkoly Observatory, Hungary, the 2.2 m ESO telescope (ESO Programme 077.D-0311; ESO Large Programme 178.D-0361) at La Silla, Chile, the 1.93 m and 1.52 m telescopes at the Haute-Provence Observatory, France. Current address: Laboratoire AIM, CEA/DSM-CNRS-Université Paris Diderot; CEA, IRFU, SAp, centre de Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France. [less ▲]

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See detailGround-based observations of the beta Cephei CoRoT main target HD 180642
Briquet, Maryline ULg; Uytterhoeven, K.; Aerts, C. et al

Conference (2008, July)

We present the preliminary results of a detailed study of ground-based photometric and spectroscopic observations dedicated to the β Cephei CoRoT main target HD 180642. Besides the non-linear dominant ... [more ▼]

We present the preliminary results of a detailed study of ground-based photometric and spectroscopic observations dedicated to the β Cephei CoRoT main target HD 180642. Besides the non-linear dominant radial mode several low-amplitude modes are detected in both kinds of datasets. Our aim is to derive the wavenumbers (ℓ,m) of these modes, as additional constraints to the CoRoT pulsation frequencies, for forthcoming asteroseismic modelling of the star. [less ▲]

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See detailGround-based observations of the beta Cephei CoRoT main target HD 180642
Briquet, Maryline ULg; Uytterhoeven, K.; Aerts, C. et al

in Communications in Asteroseismology (2009), 158

We present the preliminary results of a detailed study of ground-based photometric and spectroscopic observations dedicated to the β Cephei CoRoT main target HD~180642. Besides the non-linear dominant ... [more ▼]

We present the preliminary results of a detailed study of ground-based photometric and spectroscopic observations dedicated to the β Cephei CoRoT main target HD~180642. Besides the non-linear dominant radial mode several low-amplitude modes are detected in both kinds of datasets. Our aim is to derive the wavenumbers (â ,m) of these modes, as additional constraints to the CoRoT pulsation frequencies, for forthcoming asteroseismic modelling of the star. [less ▲]

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See detailGround-based photometric observations of the type A aurora of 17-18 December 1971
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg

in Annales de Géophysique (1974), 30

Ground-based observations have been made during the event of 17-18 Dec. 1971 from northern Norway, using a tilting-filter photometer monitoring the intensities of N2(plus) 1.Neg., H-beta, 6300-A O-I, and ... [more ▼]

Ground-based observations have been made during the event of 17-18 Dec. 1971 from northern Norway, using a tilting-filter photometer monitoring the intensities of N2(plus) 1.Neg., H-beta, 6300-A O-I, and 5200-A N-I. The high 6300-A/N2(plus) 1.Neg ratio classes this event among type A auroras. The 6300-A/5200-A ratio varies during the night and remains higher than the usual value of nearly 20. These observations are compatible with a soft electron flux as the origin of the red line enhancement as illustrated by comparison with a model aurora. It is also found that N(2Do) is deactivated by collisions with electrons at a rate foreseen by theoretical calculations. An upper limit of about 40 seconds is derived for the N(2Do) effective lifetime, though no simple relationship gives a good fit to the observations. [less ▲]

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See detailGround-based photometry of space-based transit detections: Photometric follow-up of the CoRoT mission
Deeg, H. J.; Gillon, Michaël ULg; Shporer, A. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2009), 506

The motivation, techniques and performance of the ground-based photometric follow-up of transit detections by the CoRoT space mission are presented. Its principal raison d’être arises from the much higher ... [more ▼]

The motivation, techniques and performance of the ground-based photometric follow-up of transit detections by the CoRoT space mission are presented. Its principal raison d’être arises from the much higher spatial resolution of common ground-based telescopes in comparison to CoRoT’s cameras. This allows the identification of many transit candidates as arising from eclipsing binaries that are contaminating CoRoT’s lightcurves, even in low-amplitude transit events that cannot be detected with ground-based obervations. For the ground observations, “on” – “off” photometry is now largely employed, in which only a short timeseries during a transit and a section outside a transit is observed and compared photometrically. CoRoTplanet candidates’ transits are being observed by a dedicated team with access to telescopes with sizes ranging from 0.2 to 2 m. As an example, the process that led to the rejection of contaminating eclipsing binaries near the host star of the Super-Earth planet CoRoT-7b is shown. Experiences and techniques from this work may also be useful for other transit-detection experiments, when the discovery instrument obtains data with a relatively low angular resolution. [less ▲]

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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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See detailGround-Target Tracking in Multiple Cameras Using Collaborative Particle Filters and Principal Axis-Based Integration
Du, Wei ULg; Hayet, Jean-Bernard; Verly, Jacques ULg et al

in IPSJ Transactions on Computer Vision and Applications (2009), 1

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See detailGroundwater - surface water interaction at the catchment scale - case studies in the Meuse basin
Bürger, Claudius M.; Watanabe, N.; Orban, Philippe ULg et al

in Davis, G. B.; Johntson, C. D.; Trefry, M. G. (Eds.) Groundwater Quality 2007 Securing Groundwater Quality in Urban and Industrial Environments (2007)

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See detailGroundwater flow and transport delivered for groundwater quality trend forecasting by TREND T2
Orban, Philippe ULg; Brouyère, Serge ULg

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In the framework of Workpackage R3 Meuse, the Hydrogeology Group of the University of Liège (HGULg) develops a groundwater flow and transport model for the Geer sub-catchment (tributary of the Meuse ... [more ▼]

In the framework of Workpackage R3 Meuse, the Hydrogeology Group of the University of Liège (HGULg) develops a groundwater flow and transport model for the Geer sub-catchment (tributary of the Meuse) (Figure 1, Deliverable R3.16 (Orban et al 2006)). In the scope of TREND T2, the model will be used to develop trend forecasting tools. The objective of the deliverable is to describe new concepts for large-scale transport modelling, more particularly a modelling approach, the Hybrid Finite Element Mixing Cell (HFEMC) developed by HGULg and implemented in the 3D simulator SUFT3D. First steps for the application to the Geer basin are also presented. [less ▲]

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