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Aerosol Composition In The Marine And Coastal Boundary Layer
Author(s): E. J. Mack; J. T. Hanley; R. J. Pilie; C. K. Akers; B. J. Wattle
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Paper Abstract

As part of a number of broader-based studies, Calspan acquired a considerable quantity of data describing bcundary-layer aerosol characteristics both at sea and in maritime continental locations. This paper focuses on aerosol composition data obtained in the North Atlantic, in the Mediterranean, in the northern Gulf of Mexico, off the coasts of California, Nova Scotia and Portugal, and on shore on Cape Cod and on the North Sea Coast of West Germany. The data show that the marine aerosol population varies considerably in composition, particularly in coastal areas, and does not necessarily comprise primarily sea salt aerosols. A continental/anthropogenically-derived component to the marine aerosol population is generally always observed, even in remote marine areas. In coastal regions, dramatic changes in aerosol composition occur as a result of wind shifts or airmass changes. As a result of these compositional differences, response of the aerosol to fluctuations in relative humidity is expected to differ from one locale or airmass to another. Therefore, aerosol size spectra alone are not sufficient for the prediction of visibility or the potential performance of EO systems under changing humidity conditions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 1981
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0305, Atmospheric Effects on Electro-Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave Systems Performance, (30 December 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.932711
Show Author Affiliations
E. J. Mack, Calspan Corporation (United States)
J. T. Hanley, Calspan Corporation (United States)
R. J. Pilie, Calspan Corporation (United States)
C. K. Akers, Calspan Corporation (United States)
B. J. Wattle, Calspan Corporation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0305:
Atmospheric Effects on Electro-Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave Systems Performance
Richard Gomez, Editor(s)

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