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Development of an Empirical Model of Optical Characteristics of Aerosol in Western Siberia


We present a new development stage of a generalized empirical model of optical characteristics of tropospheric aerosol in Western Siberia. An algorithm is suggested for taking into account the distribution function of absorbing matter and the condensation activity of aerosols as functions of aerosol particle sizes. Optical characteristics have been calculated with the complex refractive index of particles of different sizes variable with the relative air humidity. With aerosol weather types, referred to as “atmospheric haze” type (background and suburban haze), used as an example, the results of retrieving the angular scattering coefficients at small angles and the spectral behavior of the extinction coefficients are compared with experimental data.

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The long-term studies were supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation (V.E. Zuev Institute of Atmospheric Optics, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences); and the model for retrieving the set of the optical characteristics taking account of the absorbing and hygroscopic properties of aerosol was developed under the support from the Russian Science Foundation (agreement no. 19-77-20 092).

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Zenkova, P.N., Terpugova, S.A., Pol’kin, V.V. et al. Development of an Empirical Model of Optical Characteristics of Aerosol in Western Siberia. Atmos Ocean Opt 34, 320–326 (2021).

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  • aerosol
  • empirical model
  • scattering
  • absorption
  • extinction