Spatial and temporal variations in the atmospheric aerosol optical depth at the ARM CART Site

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In an effort to better characterize the inputs to radiative transfer models and research-grade global climate simulation models (GCMs) the columnar aerosol loading, measured as the aerosol optical depth (AOD), has been computed for five facilities within the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Southern Great Plains (SGP) Cloud and Radiation Testbed (CART) Site. Characterization of the AOD reported here show clear evidence that the spatial and temporal gradient exists at a much finer linear scale than those of the CART site. The annual variations of median AOD are on the order of 0.30 at all five facilities. The Spearman correlation and ... continued below

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Nash, T.M. & Cheng, M.D. February 1, 1998.

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In an effort to better characterize the inputs to radiative transfer models and research-grade global climate simulation models (GCMs) the columnar aerosol loading, measured as the aerosol optical depth (AOD), has been computed for five facilities within the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Southern Great Plains (SGP) Cloud and Radiation Testbed (CART) Site. Characterization of the AOD reported here show clear evidence that the spatial and temporal gradient exists at a much finer linear scale than those of the CART site. The annual variations of median AOD are on the order of 0.30 at all five facilities. The Spearman correlation and varimax-rotated PCA indicated the AOD values vary consistently across the CART site. The Northwest corner facility (EF-1) was the single facility that behaved differently from the rest. This sub-GCM grid variation can not be ignored if the model is to be used to accurately predict future climate change.

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  • 91. annual meeting and exhibition of the Air and Waste Management Association, San Diego, CA (United States), 14-18 Jun 1998

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  • Other: DE98005059
  • Report No.: ORNL/CP--96847
  • Report No.: CONF-980632--
  • Grant Number: AC05-96OR22464
  • DOI: 10.2172/654048 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 654048
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc711006

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Nash, T.M. & Cheng, M.D. Spatial and temporal variations in the atmospheric aerosol optical depth at the ARM CART Site, report, February 1, 1998; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc711006/: accessed September 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.