Title: Representing Aerosol Optical Properties with Theoretical Modelling and Global Observations
Publication Year: 2005
JRC N°: JRC30765
Other Identifiers: EUR 21747 EN
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC30765
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Aerosols are an important factor in biogeochemical cycles, climate variability and air quality. In the context of monitoring the marine ecosystems, a proper definition of the inherent optical properties of the aerosols is needed to perform radiative transfer simulations. These are useful to build inversion schemes, that will quantify the aerosol load and type and define the spectral signature of the ocean surface, and to quantify the aerosol direct radiative effect. This report describes tools that link size distribution of aerosol particles, assumed homogeneous spheres, and refractive index to optical properties through Mie theory. Then, it provides a brief survey of generic aerosol models, that is completed by a broad review of the measurements that are relevant for the definition of aerosol optical properties.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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