Vertical distribution of aerosol extinction cross section and inference of aerosol imaginary index in the troposphere by lidar technique.

J. D. Spinhirne, J. A. Reagan, B. M. Herman

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Vertical profiles of aerosol extinction and backscatter in the troposphere are obtained from multi-zenithal angle lidar measurements. Regression analysis with respect to zenith angle for a layer integration of the angle-dependent lidar equation was thus employed to determine the optical thickness and aerosol extinction-to-backscatter ratio for defined atmospheric layers, and subsequently, cross-section profiles could be evaluated. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-438
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Meteorology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980


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  • Atmospheric Science

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