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Correlation of Aerosol Optical Properties with Surface Meteorological Parameters Over Manila

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Aerosol optical properties such as aerosol optical depth (AOD) at 500 nm together with wavelength exponent (α) and Ã…ngstrom turbidity coefficient (β) obtained from a sunphotometer over Manila were used to analyze their response to the changes in temperature, relative humidity (RH) and zonal wind. Data retrieved for a one year period of measurements (August 2009–July 2010) were used to describe the variations of the aerosol optical properties. Temperature showed weak correlations with the aerosol optical properties. Surface RH confirmed evidence for its influence on aerosols size distribution and dominant aerosol type. Zonal wind demonstrated influences on the prevailing aerosol present at a certain area and caused alteration the amount of its loading.
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Keywords: Aerosol; Optical Depth; Sunphotometer; Turbidity

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, Department of Science and Technology, Quezon City, Philippines 2: Department of Physics, Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila, Philippines 3: Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines 4: Environment and Remote Sensing Research (EARTH) Laboratory, Physics Department, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines

Publication date: 01 February 2017

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