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29 June 1994 Characterization of Mojave Desert aerosols: their effect on radiometer performance
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The Visibility Impact Summer Study held from July to September 1990 was an intense, comprehensive study intended to measure aerosol size and chemical composition and to ascertain their optical effects. Size distributions for particle diameters from 0.01 to 10 (mu) were measured at hourly intervals and particle samplers were used to obtain chemical compositions at daily intervals at Tehachapi Pass and Edwards AFB, California. The extracted aerosol characteristics are discussed and compared to the desert aerosol model in LOWTRAN and the size and estimated composition of aerosols at China Lake reported upon earlier. We obtain relationships between aerosol mass and wind speed, diurnal size changes, and meteorological effects. Secondarily, extinction was calculated and used with LOWTRAN and radiosonde data for examination of aerosol effects on narrow band 3 to 5 and 8 to 12 (mu) imaging radiometer performance.
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Larry A. Mathews, Dan P. Salgado, and Philip L. Walker "Characterization of Mojave Desert aerosols: their effect on radiometer performance", Proc. SPIE 2222, Atmospheric Propagation and Remote Sensing III, (29 June 1994);

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