Vol. 9, issue 03, article # 7

pdf Butov V. V., Loginov S. V. Studying optically active components of the middle atmosphere from an orbiting station. // Atmospheric and oceanic optics. 1996. V. 9. No. 03. P. 219-224.
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The method is proposed for reconstruction of the stratospheric ozone concentration, the aerosol extinction coefficient, and aerosol microphysical characteristics from the data on direct solar radiation extinction measured with a spaceborne multichannel spectrometer. Setting the type of aerosol and the altitude profile of its refraction coefficient, we can calculate, for each altitude, the effective function of aerosol particle size distribution g(rh), as well as to estimate the mean radius of aerosol particles and the width of aerosol particle size distribution function. The technique described was applied to process the experimental data obtained in 1993–1994 by sensing the atmosphere according to the above scheme. Analyzing the contour maps of log(g(r, h)), the vertical profiles of the mean radius, and the widths of the size distribution function, one can obtain the additional information about the stratified structure of the stratospheric aerosol and ozone and separate the regions with several size distribution modes as well as the region of quasihomogeneous aerosol.