We present a modified retrieval strategy for solar absorption spectra recorded by the Karlsruhe Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer which is operational within the Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON). In typical TCCON stations, the (3800–11 000) cm−1 spectral region is measured on a single extended Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) detector. The Karlsruhe setup instead splits the spectrum across an Indium Antimonide (InSb) and InGaAs detector through the use of a dichroic beam splitter. This permits measurements further into the mid infrared (MIR) that are of scientific interest, but are not considered TCCON measurements. This optical setup induces, however, larger variations in the continuum level of the solar spectra than the typical TCCON setup. Here we investigate the appropriate treatment of continuum level variations in the retrieval strategy using the spectra recorded in Karlsruhe. The broad spectral windows used by TCCON require special attention with respect to residual curvature in the spectral fits. To accommodate the unique setup of Karlsruhe, higher order discrete Legendre polynomial basis functions have been enabled in the TCCON retrieval code to fit the continuum. ... mehrThis improves spectral fits and airmass dependencies for affected spectral windows. After fitting the continuum curvature, the Karlsruhe greenhouse gas records are in good agreement with other European TCCON datasets. A new version (R1) of the Karlsruhe data using the modified retrieval strategy is available through CDIAC (http://tccon.ornl.gov). Future scientific studies should use this superior R1 data, instead of the obsolete R0 data.