Columnar Aerosol Extinction Characteristics: Measurements from a Free-Tropospheric Observatory in Western-Himalayas
Continuous measurements of spectral aerosol optical depths (AOD) were made over a very high altitude aerosol observatory at Hanle (32.76°N, 78.95°E, 4520 m amsl), during the summer and autumn of 2009 and 2010, by using a 10-channel multi-wavelength radiometer (MWR). The results depicted very low values of AOD (with a mean for the measurement period as ~ 0.071 ± 0.003 at 500 nm), but with a spectral dependence that changed with the months from ~ 0.8 to 1.3, with a mean value of ~ 1.01 ± 0.06. The AODs though were in general comparable to those seen over pristine Antarctic environments, are quite significant when we consider the altitude of the station. The details are presented.
JIE 2011; 8(3): 52-57