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Background stratospheric aerosol and polar stratospheric cloud reference modelsA global aerosol climatology is evolving from the NASA satellite experiments SAM II, SAGE I, and SAGE II. In addition, polar stratospheric cloud (PSC) data have been obtained from these experiments over the last decade. An undated reference model of the optical characteristics of the background aerosol is described and a new aerosol reference model derived from the latest available data is proposed. The aerosol models are referenced to the height above the tropopause. The impact of a number of volcanic eruptions is described. In addition, a model describing the seasonal, longitudinal, and interannual variations in PSCs is presented.
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Mccormick, M. P.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Wang, P.-H.
(Science and Technology Corp. Hampton, VA, United States)
Pitts, M. C.
(ST Systems Corp. Hampton, VA, United States)
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August 15, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
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Publication: Advances in Space Research
Volume: 13
Issue: 1, Ja
ISSN: 0273-1177
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