Determination of the atmospheric aerosol distribution by multi-channel remote sensing techniques
Bulfinch, Scott R.
Durkee, Philip A.
Wash, Carlyle H.
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A simple image processing technique applied to channel 1 and channel 2 of the NOAA AVHRR sensor may be used to discern variations in aerosol particle size distribution. Ratios of the channel 1 albedo to the channel 2 albedo are calculated and displayed as an image. High ratio values are shown to indicate increased levels of submicron aerosols, while low ratio values indicate increased levels of supermicron aerosols. Horizontal variations in aerosol distributions may be observed directly by noting variations in ratio values, and vertical distributions may be inferred through the application of appropriate regional models of aerosol transport. A model of offshore advection of urban particles within the marine boundary layer is presented. Interpreting ratio values in light of this model, the offshore transport of urban aerosol particles is observed in AVHRR imagery of southern California during the period 17-25 October 1984.
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