A case study on biomass burning aerosols: effects on solar UV irradiance, retrieval of aerosol single scattering albedo.

11 November 2008

Abstract

The aerosol optical depth (AOD) from biomass burning aerosols from eastern Europe was measured in Trondheim, Norway (63.43◦ N , 10.43◦ E) in May 2006. The event was observed as far as the Arctic. In the first part of this paper, the surface measurements of direct and global UV radiation (and retrieved AOD) are used to simulate the data using a radiative transfer model.

Measured and simulated data were used to study the effect of biomass aerosol on the levels of surface UV radiation. We found reductions of up to 31%, 15% and 2% in direct, global and diffuse surface UV irradiance (at 350 nm, SZA=50◦±0.5 ◦ ) as compared to typical aerosol conditions. In the second part of our study, surface measurements of global and direct irradiance at five wavelength in UVB and UVA (305, 313, 320, 340 and 380 nm) were coupled with a radiative transfer model to produce values of aerosol single scattering albedo, ω.

The aerosol single scattering albedo for biomass aerosols is compared to ω for background aerosols. The values of ω for biomass aerosols were 0.76 at 305 nm, 0.75 at 313 nm, 0.79 at 320 nm, 0.72 at 340 nm and 0.80 at 380 nm.

Citation

Bagheri, A., Kjeldstad, B. and Johnsen, B., 2008. A case study on biomass burning aerosols: effects on solar UV irradiance, retrieval of aerosol single scattering albedo. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, 8(5), pp.17987-18005.

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