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Remote Sens. 2009, 1(3), 557-576; doi:10.3390/rs1030557
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Aerosol Optical Depth Measured at Different Coastal Boundary Layers and Its Links with Synoptic-Scale Features

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1 Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences, ul. Powstancow Warszawy 55, 81-712 Sopot, Poland 2 Institute of Geophysics, University of Warsaw , Pasteura 7, 02-093 Warsaw, Poland 3 Raymetrics S.A./ 5 Kanari str. Glyka Nera, 15354 Athens, Greece
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Received: 8 June 2009 / Revised: 25 June 2009 / Accepted: 1 September 2009 / Published: 4 September 2009
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Abstract

This paper presents the results of measurements of aerosol optical properties which were made between 2006 and 2008 within the framework of various international projects in different locations such as Spitsbergen, northern Norway and Crete. The investigations were made under different baric topography conditions and in various seasons of the year which facilitated the investigations of spatial and temporal dependencies between upper troposphere mass state and spectral variations of aerosol properties. The results of aerosol optical depth (AOD) measurements showed significant episodes during which jet stream events (300 hPa surface) over the Arctic were present. The mean spectral characteristics of AOD from “before” and “after” the event differ by 0.14 versus the “during” phase of the episode. The macrometeorological relative topography charts shown also the relationships between the 500 hPa, close sea-level pressure SLP (1,000 hPa) charts surfaces and the attenuation caused by aerosol scattering and absorption in vertical profiles during the afternoon hours.
Keywords: relative topography; aerosol; coastal area; remote sensing relative topography; aerosol; coastal area; remote sensing
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Ponczkowska, A.; Zielinski, T.; Petelski, T.; Markowicz, K.; Chourdakis, G.; Georgoussis, G. Aerosol Optical Depth Measured at Different Coastal Boundary Layers and Its Links with Synoptic-Scale Features. Remote Sens. 2009, 1, 557-576.

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