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Aerosol Single Scattering Albedo

Other Names

ω , ωo

Definition

It is a measure of the effectiveness of scattering relative to extinction for the light encountering the atmospheric aerosol particles.
In radiative transfer studies, single scattering albedo is the ratio of scattering optical depth to the total optical depth (scattering + extinction) of the atmosphere. It is a dimensionless quantity and ranges from 0 to 1.

Applications

(1) Computation of Scattering Phase function (3) Radiative Transfer Model
(2) Characterization of Aerosol Particles (4) Earth Radiation Budget Study

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ParameterUnitsPlatform /InstrumentData Products
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Aerosol Single Scattering Albedo over land and ocean at ground pixel resolution 13x24 km at nadir (Level-2) from near UV (OMAERUV) and multiwavelength Algorithms (OMAERO)NoneAura/OMI2004-08-15CurrentOMAERUVY
OMAEROY
Aerosol Single Scattering Albedo over land and ocean at ground pixel resolution binned spatially into global grids - Level-2G (0.25 deg lat/lon grids)NoneAura/OMI2004-08-15CurrentOMAERUVGY
OMAEROGY

Aerosol Single Scattering Albedo over land and ocean at ground pixel resolution globally gridded - Level- 3 (OMAERUVd: 0.25 deg lat/lon grids

OMAEROe:1 deg lat/lon grids

NoneAura/OMI2004-08-15CurrentOMAERUVdY
OMAEROe

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