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Optimal estimation retrieval of aerosol microphysical properties from SAGE II satellite observations in the volcanically unperturbed lower stratosphere

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Stratospheric aerosol particles under non-volcanic conditions are typically smaller than 0.1 μm. Due to fundamental limitations of the scattering theory in the Rayleigh limit, these tiny particles are hard to measure by satellite instruments. As a consequence, current estimates of global aerosol properties retrieved from spectral aerosol extinction measurements tend to be strongly biased. Aerosol surface area densities, for instance, are observed to be about 40% smaller than those derived fro...

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10.5194/acp-10-4295-2010

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University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Department of Physics and Astronomy
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Institution:
University of Oxford
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Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Physics - Atmospheric,Oceanic and Planetary Physics
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University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Department of Physics and Astronomy
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University of Wyoming, Laramie, USA
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Department of Atmospheric Science,College of Engineering
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Copernicus Publications Publisher's website
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Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Journal website
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10
Issue:
9
Pages:
4295-4317
Publication date:
2010-05-05
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1680-7324
ISSN:
1680-7316
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uuid:c068422b-3628-4830-a42f-00b3a17b6c16
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ora:3748

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