The Earth’s atmosphere is the medium through which electromagnetic signals emitted by or received by ground-based or space-based human- made devices travel. The molecular and aerosol composition alter the transmission properties in a peculiar wavelength-dependent way. Several instruments allow to monitor the integral or the height-resolved transparency of the atmosphere, the scattering and absorption properties of the suspended particles, at different wavelengths and with different characteristics in terms of exposure (day/night), acceptance, resolution, etc. This course will cover the theoretical background needed for discussing instruments and methods for atmospheric measurements. The goal is to familiarise students with these active fields of research, which count with a great variety of applications, among which for the assessment of the Earth's greenhouse effect and hence its climate change.
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