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The classical Angström exponent is an operationally robust optical parameter that contains size information on all optically active aerosols in the field of view of a sunphotometer. Assuming that the optical effects of a typical (radius) size distribution can be approximated by separate submicrometer and supermicrometer components, we show that one can… (More)
A methodology for investigating the variation of particle size distributions retrieved from constrained linear inversion of optical scattering data is presented. By plotting the expected inversion error vs angular scanning parameters (for typical size distribution vectors) one can determine sets of optimum angles based on a minimum error criteria at each… (More)
A methodology is defined whereby the effective aerosol bimodal radii of the fine (accumulation) mode and the coarse (supermicron) mode can be directly and simply extracted from slope (Angstrom) coefficients derived from ground-based solar spectral transmission data and aureole scattering data.
Ground-based sunphotometer observation of direct and scattered solar radiation is a traditional tool for providing data on aerosol optical properties. Spectral transmission and solar aureole measurements provide an optical source of aerosol information, which can be inverted for retrieval of microphysical properties (particle size distribution and… (More)
The atmospheric optical depth serves as an input parameter to atmospheric correction procedures in remote sensing and as an index of atmospheric opacity or constituent columnar abundance for meteorological applications. Its measurement, typically performed by means of a small field of view radiometer centered on the solar disk, is sensitive to the absolute… (More)
Methodologies that employ auxilliary flux data collected by upward- and downward-looking optical sensors to improve atmospheric corrections of airborne multispectral images are presented and evaluated. Such flux data often are collected in current airborne sensors to produce bidirectional reflectance factor (BRF) images and estimates of… (More)