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Polarimetric method of estimation of vertical aerosol distribution in application to observations of ozone and NO2The degree of polarization of skylight at the zenith during twilight depends on the aerosol content in the atmosphere. The long-term observations at the high-mountain research station 'Kislovodsk' (North Caucasus) have shown that the variation of the degree of polarization after the eruption of the El Chichon volcano can serve as the effective parameter characterizing the vertical aerosol stratification in the atmosphere. The results of the measurements are confirmed by the numerical calculations. The algorithm of the retrieval of the vertical aerosol distribution on the base of the measurements of the degree of polarization is proposed. This method can be applied for the increasing of the precision of O3, NO2, and other gas content measurements.
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Conference Paper
Elansky, Nikolay F. (Academy of Sciences (USSR) Moscow, Ussr)
Kadyshevich, Elena A. (Academy of Sciences (USSR) Moscow, Ussr)
Savastyuk, Vladimir V. (Academy of Sciences (USSR) Moscow, Ussr)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1994
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Goddard Space Flight Center, Ozone in the Troposphere and Stratosphere, Part 2
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Distribution Limits
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