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Forward scattering and backscattering of solar radiation by the stratospheric limb after Mount St. Helens eruptionStratospheric limb radiance profiles versus altitude of closest approach of the line of sight to the Earth's surface have been measured before and after the Mount St. Helens eruptions by means of photographs taken from a Sun-oriented balloon gondola floating above 35 km altitude over France. Preliminary data were reported for flights in October 1979 and in May and June 1980. The radiance integrated along the line of sight as in-situ radiance (R) can be derived taking into account absorption by ozone and air. The onion peeling inversion method was used to derive the vertical radiance (R) profiles respectively. The values of R were determined in the solar azimuth. The solar elevation angles are chosen larger for the backscattering observation than for the forward scattering observation to deal with as similar illumination conditions as possible despite the Earth's sphericity.
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Ackerman, M. (Institut d'Aeronomie Spatiale de Belgique Brussels, Belgium)
Lippens, C. (Institut d'Aeronomie Spatiale de Belgique Brussels, Belgium)
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August 11, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1982
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Publication: NASA. Langley Research Center Atmospheric Effects and Potential Climatic Impact of the 1980 Eruptions of Mt. St. Helens
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