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Investigation of aerosol optical properties in Bangkok


Janjai, S and Suntaropas, S and Nunez, M, Investigation of aerosol optical properties in Bangkok, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 96, (3-4) pp. 221-233. ISSN 0177-798X (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Aerosol optical depth and Angstrom coefficients for three sites in Bangkok and suburbs are examined: Silpakorn University at Nakhon Pathom, NP (13.82N, 100.04E), the Asian Institute of Technology at Phatum Thani, AIT (14.08N, 100.62E) and the Thai Meteorological Department at Bangkok, BK (13.73N, 100.57E). Sunphotometers have been used to measure direct normal spectral irradiance at these sites for a period of 2 years (20042005). Cloudless conditions were selected and Bouguers law was employed to obtain aerosol optical depth. All three sites exhibit strong seasonal variations, with the highest values occurring at the height of the dry season in April, and the lowest occurring during the rainy season in July. April turbidity conditions are very high, as evidenced by maximum 500 nm optical depths of between 1.4 to 2.0 that were measured at all three locations. The Angstrom exponent also showed a marked seasonal change, with highest values at the height of the dry season.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Aerosol; Atmosphere; Optical properties; Air pollution; Radiative transfer
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Atmospheric sciences
Research Field:Atmospheric radiation
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Air quality, atmosphere and weather
Objective Field:Air quality, atmosphere and weather not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nunez, M (Dr Manuel Nunez)
ID Code:55026
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2009-03-04
Last Modified:2010-06-29
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