Light Absorption and Scattering by Particles in the Atmosphere
Alexander A Kokhanovsky
Atmospheric air contains not only gases but also various types of
airborne particles (known as aerosols), which range from dust grains
to microbes. These small particles influence atmospheric visibility,
the thermodynamics and dynamics of the atmosphere, and are also of
great importance in any consideration of climate change problems.
Aerosols may also be responsible for the loss of harvest, human
health problems and ecological disasters. Therefore, their study is
very relevant across a range of disciplines.
contains a comprehensive review of available
techniques for the remote sensing of aerosols. Founded on the solid
basis of radiative transfer theory, the work couples that with
Maxwell theory for the calculation of the scattering properties of
small particles. In particular, techniques are described which
determine the column concentration of aerosol particles and their
optical sizing using spaceborne optical instrumentation.
Both ground-based and satellite remote sensing techniques are
covered, with the majority of techniques using the so-called
'library method', which relies upon the precalculated top-of-
atmosphere reflectances for various atmospheric aerosol types.
Table of Contents
- emphasizes the scattering of light by non-spherical particles
- provides an in-depth review of modern aerosol remote sensing
- comprehensively discusses radiative transfer theory as applied to
atmospheric optics studies.
- Microphysical parameters and chemical composition of atmospheric
- Optical properties of atmospheric aerosol
- Multiple light scattering in aerosol media
- Fourier optics of aerosol media
- Optical remote sensing of atmospheric aerosol
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