water-vapor absorption

water-vapor absorption

[′wȯd·ər ¦vā·pər əb‚sȯrp·shən]
(meteorology)
The absorption of certain wavelengths of infrared radiation by atmospheric water vapor; a process of fundamental importance in the energy budget of the earth's atmosphere.
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A significant effort was made to eliminate the intense atmospheric water-vapor absorption present in the THz region, and the etalon or standing-wave structure, which often limits sensitivity.