Airborne measurements of the optical stratification of aerosols in turbid atmospheres

Teruyuki Nakajima, Masayuki Tanaka, Tadahiro Hayasaka, Yukiharu Miyake, Yuji Nakanishi, Kazutoshi Sasamoto

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A spectral scanning radiometer and corresponding algorithm of analysis were developed to evaluate optical stratification of aerosols from airborne measurements. Several flights were carried out to measure direct and circumsolar radiations simultaneously by a Swerlingen Merlin IV and a Cessna 206 aircraft. Results of the data analysis showed that our scheme can evaluate the optical depth of aerosols at any flight level from the ground to 400 mb, the highest flight level, with relative error of 10%. Vertical distribution and latitude-height cross sections of the optical thickness of aerosols and volume spectra of stratospheric aerosols were investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4374-4381
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 1986 Dec


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