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Aerosol size distributions and air mass back trajectories over a Mediterranean coastal site

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In this paper we present the results obtained from ground-based measurements using a CIMEL sunphotometer during selected clear days corresponding to the winter and summer periods of 2002 in Valencia, an urban coastal Mediterranean site. From the direct solar extinction data the spectral aerosol optical depth (AOD) has been retrieved. This spectral AOD has been used to obtain the size distribution function from the King inversion algorithm. The results show the great dependence of the optical aerosol characteristics on the dominant winds in this area. This location is subject to winds which have either a land or Mediterranean origin which frequently mask the aerosols coming from the Atlantic or north Africa, respectively.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Grupo de Radiación Solar Universitat de València Valencia Spain, Email:

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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