Theoretical and Applied Climatology

, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 121–128 | Cite as

The behaviour of aerosol optical depth during clear summer days in Athens, Greece

  • D. K. Pissimanis
  • V. A. Notaridou
  • P. S. Viglas


The integral aerosol optical depths (kα) at the hour of 08:20 Local Standard Time (LST), are compared with those calculated previously at 11:20 and 14:20 LST, for clear days during summer in Athens over the period 1962–1988. The mean values at 08:20 LST were consistently lower than the values at 11:20 and 14:20 LST. The influence of the vertical wind profile on the values ofkα was also investigated. A comparison was made of the wind profiles at 02:00 and 14:00 LST, for days in which the 11:20 and 14:20 LST values ofkα were ⩽ 0.200 andkα ⩾ 0.350, respectively. The corresponding bulk wind shear 〈s〉 was also found for the period 1980–1988. The most significant results occurred with the first category of days. The resultant wind velocities from the surface to the 900 hPa level, in each hour were higher by 2–4 m·s−1 with respect to the corresponding values for the second category. At 02:00 LST the bulk wind shear showed a considerable difference (1.8) between the two categories of days in the surface to 700 hPa layer at 02:00 LST. Finally, the associated weather conditions that appear to initiate a period of low values ofkα (kα ⩽ 0.200) at 11:20 and 14:20 LST were examined for the period 1980–1988. Fifteen such cases were identified and it was found that they all occurred after the passage of weak cold fronts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. K. Pissimanis
    • 1
  • V. A. Notaridou
    • 1
  • P. S. Viglas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied Physics, Laboratory of MeteorologyUniversity of AthensAthensGreece

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