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9 April 2003 Kyoto protocol: challenge for the remote sensing community
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One of the real challenges for the atmospheric remote sensing community in the next decade will be in the validation of data, not to the normally accepted scientific criterion and standards but to and within a new legalistic framework. As the issues created by the implementation and application of the Kyoto Protocol come into force, the attribution of sources of greenhouse gases will become critical, as will indeed the proof of compliance with Kyoto Protocol conditions. Space-borne remote sensing systems will play a key role in these measurements, and methodologies for "ground truthing" will need to be developed. This paper discusses some of the drivers of global change to set in context advances that are being made in ground based remote sensing of important atmospheric components and the potential role for these measurements in the future. Examples of the retrieval of vertical profiles of a key atmospheric species using ground based high resolution Fourier transform spectrometer system in New Zealand are also shown as an illustration of the technique.
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W. Andrew Matthews, Stephen Wood, and Brian J. Connor "Kyoto protocol: challenge for the remote sensing community", Proc. SPIE 4891, Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds III, (9 April 2003);

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