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Water vapor isotopologues (H216O, H218O and HD16O) by ground-based FTIR spectroscopy in central Mexico

Alain Zuber1, Wolfgang Stremme1, Adolfo Magaldi1, Michel Grutter1, Caludia Rivera1, Alejandro Bezanilla1, Noemie Taquet1, Thomas Blumenstock2, Frank Hase2, and Matthias Schneider2
Alain Zuber et al.
  • 1Centro de Ciencias de la Atmósfera, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City , Mexico
  • 2Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Karlsruhe Institut of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany

Knowledge about water vapor isotopologues is a useful tool in the study of the hydrological cycle. Total columns of water vapor isotopologues (H216O, H218O and HD16O) are measured by ground-based solar absorption FTIR spectroscopy at Altzomoni (3985 m.a.s.l, 19.12ºN, 98.66ºW), a high altitude subtropical remote background site in central Mexico (Barthlott et al., 2017). In the contribution we present the time series of the isotopic composition of water vapor columns and profiles above central Mexico and analyze differences in the isotopic ratios of H216O, H218O and HD16O between the rain and dry seasons of the year: in the rain season, changes in the isotopic ratios might be dominated by the diurnal cycle, which correlates with the relative humidity, temperature and dew point, while isotopic ratio in the dry season might depend more on the origin of the air parcels and transportation. We discuss the hydrological cycle in central Mexico using the relationship between light and heavy isotopes, and how this relationship gives valuable information about the pathways, sources and transport.

How to cite: Zuber, A., Stremme, W., Magaldi, A., Grutter, M., Rivera, C., Bezanilla, A., Taquet, N., Blumenstock, T., Hase, F., and Schneider, M.: Water vapor isotopologues (H216O, H218O and HD16O) by ground-based FTIR spectroscopy in central Mexico, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-13433,, 2021.