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Aerosols Optical Properties and Their Effect on the UV Solar Irradiance at Uccle, Belgium

  • E. Nikitidou
  • V. De Bock
  • H. De Backer
  • A. Kazantzidis
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Atmospheric Sciences book series (SPRINGERATMO)

Abstract

This study investigates the influences of aerosols optical properties on the UV solar irradiance reaching the ground. It does so using ground-based spectroradiometric measurements taken over the Uccle atmosphere during July 2006 to May 2010. Calculations with the radiative transfer code UVSPEC (LibRadtran package) are used in order to estimate the aerosol effect in the UV and the single scattering albedo. The results are compared with those from a collocated Cimel instrument, part of the AErosol RObotic NETwork (AERONET). The accuracy of the single scattering albedo estimation depends on the aerosol optical depth (AOD) and the solar zenith angle (SZA) at the time of the measurement and is higher for high AOD.

Keywords

Aerosol Optical Depth Radiative Force Solar Zenith Angle Incoming Solar Radiation Single Scattering Albedo 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank the principal investigator of the AERONET site in Brussels, Christian Hermans, for providing the data and the LibRadtran team (www.libradtran.org) for providing the model algorithm.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Nikitidou
    • 1
  • V. De Bock
    • 2
  • H. De Backer
    • 2
  • A. Kazantzidis
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics, Physics DepartmentUniversity of PatrasPatrasGreece
  2. 2.Royal Meteorological Institute of BelgiumBrusselsBelgium

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