Accession Number : ADA117836

Title :   Factors Relating Surface Visibility to the Total Optical Depth in the Marine Regime.

Descriptive Note : Contractor rept. 15 Apr-30 Sep 82,

Corporate Author : BDM CORP MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Fairall,C W

PDF Url : ADA117836

Report Date : May 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : This report describes same preliminary results of an effort to relate total aerosol optical depth at visible wavelengths to the visibility in the marine boundary layer (MBL). We present an atmospheric model which explains the observed height dependence of the aerosol extinction, examine aircraft and ship data from the MAGAT experiment, illustrate the influence of synoptic scale weather patterns on aerosol structure and present a simple model to relate alpha to total vertical depth. The ultimate goal of the project is to allow an estimation of IR ranges (due primarily to atmospheric water vapor density, Q) from satellite remote sensing data. A feasibility study on the concept was performed on two NPS data sets. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Optical properties, *Light transmission, *Ocean surface, *Depth, *Visibility, *Atmosphere models, *Airborne, Aerosols, Extinction, Coefficients, Computations, Feasibility studies, Stratosphere, Troposphere, Boundary layer, North Pacific Ocean, Synoptic meteorology

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE