Empirical determination of direct aerosol radiative effects in the shortwave and longwave spectral ranges during desert dust events over Valencia (Spain)

José Luis Gómez-Amo, María Pilar Utrillas, José Antonio Martínez-Lozano

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Abstract

Five years (2007-2011) of aerosol optical depth and radiation measurements in Valencia (Spain) have been analysed in order to study empirically the radiative perturbation produced by the dust events to shortwave and longwave spectral ranges at the Earth surface. The direct method has been applied to only cloud free observations. The aerosol produces a surface cooling by -173 and -142 W/m2 per unit optical depth at solar zenith angles of 20° and 50°, respectively, in the shortwave range. The shortwave cooling is partially off-set by 30-40% by the LW heating. The LW effect can be larger (up to 60%) on a daily basis since it acts continuously also during night-time. © 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.
Original languageEnglish
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Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Radiation Symposium: Radiation Processes in the Atmosphere and Ocean, IRS 2012 - , Germany
Duration: 1 Jan 2013 → …

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ConferenceInternational Radiation Symposium: Radiation Processes in the Atmosphere and Ocean, IRS 2012
CountryGermany
Period1/1/13 → …

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Gómez-Amo, J. L., Utrillas, M. P., & Martínez-Lozano, J. A. (2013). Empirical determination of direct aerosol radiative effects in the shortwave and longwave spectral ranges during desert dust events over Valencia (Spain). Paper presented at International Radiation Symposium: Radiation Processes in the Atmosphere and Ocean, IRS 2012, Germany. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4804865