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Evidence suggesting the shortening of the day from sunrise to sunset due to global change
Author(s): Ariel Cohen; Moshe M. Kleiman
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Paper Abstract

The effect of global change in the past century, which led to increased levels of pollution and augmented values of cloud coverage, on the time of the apparent Sunrise and Sunset, is suggested to have shortened the day by 1 - 1.5 minutes in the past 4 decades in northern and mid-latitudes. This is supported by photographs of the setting Sun taken in Jerusalem during the months of July and August 2001, which reveal that in over 95% of the cases the Sun completely disappear to the naked eye below marked atmospheric layers at an average elevation angle of 0.5 - 2.5° above the solid earth horizon. Based on trends in past Sunshine Duration measurements, the day shortening effect is expected to increase in the future.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 March 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5829, 13th International Workshop on Lidar Multiple Scattering Experiments, (17 March 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.617163
Show Author Affiliations
Ariel Cohen, Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem (Israel)
Moshe M. Kleiman, Israel Institute for Biological Research (Israel)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5829:
13th International Workshop on Lidar Multiple Scattering Experiments
Anatoli G. Borovoi, Editor(s)

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