Acta Geophysica

, Volume 62, Issue 2, pp 350–366 | Cite as

Optical properties of long-range transported volcanic ash over Romania and Poland during Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010

  • Anca Nemuc
  • Iwona S. Stachlewska
  • Jeni Vasilescu
  • Anna Górska
  • Doina Nicolae
  • Camelia TalianuEmail author
Research Article


After Eyjafjallajökull volcano eruption on 14 April 2010, due to a complex air mass circulation, Romania was exposed to volcanic ash and its mixture with continental aerosols. Ash particles with an average Ångström (UV-VIS) exponent of 1.4 ± 0.2 and (VIS-IR) of 1.2 ± 0.3, a color ratio (VIS-UV) of 0.54 and (IR-VIS) of 0.49, an average particle depolarization value ∼9.4%, and a lidar ratio of 50 sr were retrieved on 18 April from multiwavelength Raman lidar measurements in Bucharest. Mixed volcanic ash with mineral dust particles advected from Sahara, depolarization ∼12%, Ångström (UV-VIS) exponent of 1.25 ± 0.25 and (VIS-IR) of 1.45 ± 0.25, an increased color ratio (VIS-UV) of 0.61, (IRVIS) of 0.39 and lidar ratio of 53 sr were identified on 28 April. From observations in Poland conducted by an elastic lidar at 532 nm and a ceilometer at 1064 nm we retrieved an average backscatter related Ångström (VIS-IR) exponent of 1.25 ± 0.35, and a color ratio (IR-VIS) of 0.53 in the layer at about 5.5 km during the night of 16/17 April, indicating fresh ash over Warsaw.

Key words

lidar ceilometer volcanic ash mineral dust 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anca Nemuc
    • 1
  • Iwona S. Stachlewska
    • 2
  • Jeni Vasilescu
    • 1
  • Anna Górska
    • 2
  • Doina Nicolae
    • 1
  • Camelia Talianu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.National Institute of R&D for Optoelectronics RomaniaMagureleRomania
  2. 2.Institute of Geophysics, Faculty of PhysicsUniversity of Warsaw (IGFUW)WarsawPoland

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