Abstract

Atmospheric remote sensing by instruments such as spectrometers and interferometers often requires scheduling that is dependent on external factors, for example; time and solar (or lunar) zenith angle. Such instruments manufactured by Bruker often use the software package OPUS, which, while useful, is not flexible enough for automatic, repeated, atmospheric measurements of this nature. In this brief paper, we describe ASAP, a Python tool developed to run our network of Fourier transform interferometers in New Zealand and Antarctica. It allows the automated scheduling of measurements by time, lunar, or solar zenith angle while accounting for weather or other external parameters. There is a wide range of useful functions, all packaged in a simple graphical user interface; it is available on request.

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