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Use of a linear estimation method in calculation of integral parameters of atmospheric aerosol from spectral measurements of its optical depth


The linear estimation method is used to calculate the integral parameters of atmospheric aerosol, such as volume density and effective radius, from spectra of aerosol optical depth measured with a sun photometer. Three-month runs of optical depth measured at seven wavelengths at four AERONET stations, characterized by different aerosol types (urban, biomass burning, desert dust, and marine), were chosen for testing the method. Comparison of the results with retrievals from standard AERONET algorithm shows a good agreement between these methods. However, the linear estimation method allows retrieving time series of particle parameters from direct sun measurements with a high time resolution of about several minutes. This method can be used in instruments that do not provide angular scanning of sky radiance, e.g., the PFR/GAW sun photometers network.

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Original Russian Text © A.S. Suvorina, I.A. Veselovskii, M.Yu. Korenskii, A.V. Kolgotin, 2014, published in Optica Atmosfery i Okeana.

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Suvorina, A.S., Veselovskii, I.A., Korenskii, M.Y. et al. Use of a linear estimation method in calculation of integral parameters of atmospheric aerosol from spectral measurements of its optical depth. Atmos Ocean Opt 27, 237–246 (2014).

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  • Effective Radius
  • Integral Parameter
  • Marine Aerosol
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