CAVIAR (Continuum Absorption at Visible and Infrared wavelengths and its Atmospheric Relevance) is a NERC (80%) and EPSRC (20%) Consortium Grant (Oct. 2006 - June 2011), involving the following UK universities and institutions:

The project is headed by Prof. Keith P. Shine at the University of Reading; scientific co-ordination by DrSc. Igor V. Ptashnik.

CAVIAR addresses the component of the absorption of electromagnetic radiation by water vapour which varies relatively slowly with wavelength, known as the water vapour continuum.

The continuum has a significant impact on fluxes of infrared radiation and atmospheric cooling rates, with consequences for understanding the effect of water vapour on both the present-day climate, in climate change, and in remote sensing of the atmosp here.

NEW! The Special Issue of the Royal Society's will be meeting "Water in the Gas Phase" (13-14 June 2011) which includes many continuum-related papers (including several from CAVIAR) is now published. The following link has more details: Special Issue of Phil.Trans.Roy.Soc.A

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