Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

, Volume 30, Issue 5, pp 446–450 | Cite as

Estimates of a midge contribution to the extinction of optical radiation in background summer conditions of western Siberia

  • N. N. ShchelkanovEmail author
  • V. N. Uzhegov
Optics of Stochastically-Heterogeneous Media


The first estimates of a midge contribution to extinction of optical radiation for background summer conditions of Western Siberia are received. The radiation extinction coefficient due to midges (RECM), found from experimental data at a wavelength of 1.06 μm, changes from 0 to 0.14 km–1. An estimate of the mean RECM value in visible and infrared regions is 0.07 km–1. It is shown that the relative contribution of midges to the extinction coefficient of optical radiation in the 0.5–16 μm band is significant and varies on average from 26 to 63%.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.V.E. Zuev Institute of Atmospheric Optics, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of ScienceTomskRussia

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