, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 113-121

The FLASH instrument for water vapor measurements on board the high-altitude airplane

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Abstract

A fluorescent airborne stratospheric hygrometer (FLASH) for precise water vapor measurements on board a high-altitude airplane in the upper troposphere and the lower stratosphere has been developed and produced at the Central Aerological Observatory. The range of measured water vapor concentrations is 0.5–300 ppmv at altitudes of 8–21 km. The results of laboratory tests of the instrument are compared to the data of the other hygrometers. Some results of water vapor measurements on board the Geofizika M55 high-altitude airplane in different regions of the Earth are presented.

Original Russian Text © N.M. Sitnikov, V.A. Yushkov, A. A. Afchine, L.I. Korshunov, V.I. Astakhov, A.E. Ulanovskii, M. Kraemer, A. Mangold, C. Schiller, F. Ravegnani, 2007, published in Pribory i Tekhnika Eksperimenta, 2007, No. 1, pp. 121–129.