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Characterization of Mojave Desert aerosols: their effect on radiometer performance
Author(s): Larry A. Mathews; Dan P. Salgado; Philip L. Walker
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Paper Abstract

The Visibility Impact Summer Study held from July to September 1990 was an intense, comprehensive study intended to measure aerosol size and chemical composition and to ascertain their optical effects. Size distributions for particle diameters from 0.01 to 10 (mu) were measured at hourly intervals and particle samplers were used to obtain chemical compositions at daily intervals at Tehachapi Pass and Edwards AFB, California. The extracted aerosol characteristics are discussed and compared to the desert aerosol model in LOWTRAN and the size and estimated composition of aerosols at China Lake reported upon earlier. We obtain relationships between aerosol mass and wind speed, diurnal size changes, and meteorological effects. Secondarily, extinction was calculated and used with LOWTRAN and radiosonde data for examination of aerosol effects on narrow band 3 to 5 and 8 to 12 (mu) imaging radiometer performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2222, Atmospheric Propagation and Remote Sensing III, (29 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.178004
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Larry A. Mathews, Naval Air Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Dan P. Salgado, Naval Air Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Philip L. Walker, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2222:
Atmospheric Propagation and Remote Sensing III
Walter A. Flood; Walter B. Miller, Editor(s)

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