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Impact of clouds with limited horizontal extent on UV radiation measurements
Author(s): John M. Davis; James R. Slusser
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Paper Abstract

UV radiation measurements from many sites throughout the US are employed on a routine basis to assess biologically significant dosages to plant, animal and humans and to retrieve aerosol optical depths and ozone column concentrations. In various recent studies the impact of clouds on the derived quantities has become a topic of interest. In particular, when clouds are present during measurements used for aerosol retrievals, their impact may depend on the cloud’s height in the atmosphere, the cloud thickness and, for clouds of limited horizontal extent, on the horizontal displacement from the instrument site and the relative geometry between the cloud, the instrument and the sun. Results from a Monte Carlo radiative transfer model, which has been adapted to include the effects of ozone absorption in the UV, will be presented. The impact of clouds with high aspect ratio (cloud height / cloud width) on biologically significant dosages will also be addressed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5545, Ultraviolet Ground- and Space-based Measurements, Models, and Effects IV, (14 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.561496
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John M. Davis, Colorado State Univ. (United States)
James R. Slusser, Colorado State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5545:
Ultraviolet Ground- and Space-based Measurements, Models, and Effects IV
James R. Slusser; Jay R. Herman; Wei Gao; Germar Bernhard, Editor(s)

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