Abstract

We present three different methods for the absolute calibration of direct spectral irradiances measured with a Brewer spectroradiometer, which are shown to agree to within ±2%. Direct irradiance spectra derived by Brewer and Bentham spectroradiometers agree to within 4 ± 3%. Good agreement was also found by a comparison of the aerosol optical depth and Angstrom exponent retrieved by the two instruments and a multifilter rotational shadowband radiometer. The spectral aerosol optical depth (300–365 nm) derived from six years of direct irradiance measurements at Thessaloniki shows a distinct seasonal variation, averaging to ~0.3 at 340 nm in winter and ~0.7 in summer.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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