5th Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry: Gases, Aerosols, and Clouds


Aerosol single scattering albedo in the ultraviolet spectrum: preferential absorption?

Jonathan L. Petters, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC; and V. K. Saxena, J. R. Slusser, B. N. Wenny, and S. Madronich

Aerosol single scattering albedo (w), the ratio of aerosol scattering coefficient to total aerosol extinction coefficient, at UV wavelengths is an important aerosol radiative parameter in determining surface UV irradiance. Surface measurements of total and diffuse UV irradiance in the summer and fall of 1999 at the seven narrowband wavelength channels of an UV multifilter rotating shadowband radiometer (UVMFR-SR) at Black Mountain, NC were coupled with a tropospheric ultraviolet radiative transfer model to produce values of w. Its value ranged from 0.65 - 0.91 at 300 nm, 0.71 - 0.96 at 305.5 nm, 0.73 - 0.97 at 311.4 nm, 0.74 - 0.91 at 317.6 nm, 0.76 - 0.96 at 325.4 nm, 0.77 - 0.97 at 332.4 nm, and 0.80 - 0.99 at 368 nm. Error in this procedure decreases with increasing aerosol optical depth (AOD), from +/-0.63 at AOD=0.05 to +/-0.04 at AOD=1.0 averaged over the seven wavelengths. The current values of w have a slightly wider variation than values reported from a previous study at the same site. The lower values of w could indicate that, over the site, preferential absorption of UV radiation by black carbon aerosols could be occurring. More values of w in the UV spectrum will allow for better estimation of this parameter for UV radiative transfer modeling and will lessen error in estimation of surface UV irradiances.

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Session 7, Aerosols
Thursday, 13 February 2003, 8:30 AM-2:15 PM

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