HITRAN is an acronym for high-resolution transmission molecular absorption database. HITRAN is a compilation of spectroscopic parameters that a variety of computer codes use to predict and simulate the transmission and emission of light in the atmosphere.


Registration is open for the upcoming HITRAN/ASA conference, June 13-15th, 2018. Abstract deadline is May 4, 2018.

The 15th HITRAN conference (coupled with the 13th ASA meeting) will be held at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA. June 13-15th, 2018. The details can be found here. The registration and abstract submission are now open. Note that the deadline for the abstract submission is May 4, 2018.

9000 users milestone

There are now over 9000 users registered on www.hitran.org

The data on this website corresponds to the HITRAN2016 edition 🎺

Dear Colleagues,

The data on this website corresponds to the recently released HITRAN2016 edition of the database. The HITRAN2016 paper describing the new edition is available in Open Access

I.E. Gordon, L.S. Rothman, C. Hill, R.V. Kochanov, Y. Tan, P.F. Bernath, M. Birk, V. Boudon, A. Campargue, K.V. Chance, B.J. Drouin, J.-M. Flaud, R.R. Gamache, J.T. Hodges, D. Jacquemart, V.I. Perevalov, A. Perrin, K.P. Shine, M.-A.H. Smith, J. Tennyson, G.C. Toon, H. Tran, V.G. Tyuterev, A. Barbe, A.G. Császár, V.M. Devi, T. Furtenbacher, J.J. Harrison, J.-M. Hartmann, A. Jolly, T.J. Johnson, T. Karman, I. Kleiner, A.A. Kyuberis, J. Loos, O.M. Lyulin, S.T. Massie, S.N. Mikhailenko, N. Moazzen-Ahmadi, H.S.P. Müller, O.V. Naumenko, A.V. Nikitin, O.L. Polyansky, M. Rey, M. Rotger, S.W. Sharpe, K. Sung, E. Starikova, S.A. Tashkun, J. Vander Auwera, G. Wagner, J. Wilzewski, P. Wcisło, S. Yu, E.J. Zak, The HITRAN2016 Molecular Spectroscopic Database, J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transf. (2017) 203, 3-69.

==> Note that we are still making ongoing improvements to many molecular bands. Updates, improvements, and corrections to the edition are posted in the "Database Updates" panel located on the home page of the HITRAN web-site. When citing the database it is recommended to indicate if an updated version of the HITRAN2016 edition was used.

Please e-mail to us (info@hitran.org) a summary of any serious problems you encounter (or successes or suggestions).

Articles describing HITRANonline, HAPI, and new line-shape representations

All inquiries can be made to HITRAN's support team at info@hitran.org

The HITRAN support e-mail has been established and our team is ready for questions.

Database Updates

Minor corrections to the CO2 line list

It was found that due to a programming error 19 lines (with P1e assignment) of some bands of asymmetric isotopologues of carbon dioxide had air-broadened half-width values of zero in the official release of HITRAN2016. This has been fixed now and all of these lines have appropriate values for this parameter.

In addition the pure rotational transitions of the 16O12C17O isotopologue were missing upper-state quantum numbers associated with the hyperfine splitting. This in turn caused erroneous calculation of the upper-state statistical weight and the Einstein-A coefficients. All of these weak lines have been fixed now.

Once again we would like to remind users that the 11th and 12th isotopologues of carbon dioxide are labeled as A and B respectively if one asks for the output in the ".par" format. This should be taken into account in radiative transfer codes.