Abstract

An empirical model has been developed which describes maritime aerosol distributions as a function of several parameters. A number distribution was empirically derived as a function of altitude (0–5 km), wind velocity (0–16 m sec−1), relative humidity, visibility, and aerosol radius. Predictions of the model are found to agree reasonably well with available experimental data. Infrared scattering coefficients calculated from the aerosol model are also presented.

© 1977 Optical Society of America

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