Abstract

Aerosol optical properties are measured near the surface level using sampling instruments and a near-horizontal lidar. The values of the aerosol extinction coefficient inside the instruments are derived from nephelometer and aethalometer data, while the ambient values are measured from the lidar. The information on aerosol size distribution from optical particle counters is used to simulate extinction coefficients using the Mie scattering theory, with corrections on the humidity growth of hygroscopic particles. By applying this method to the continuous data obtained from November to December 2018 at Chiba, Japan, we elucidate the temporal variations of near-surface aerosol properties, including the complex refractive index, single scattering albedo, and Angstrom exponent. The results indicate how aerosol particles change their properties between the dry, instrumental conditions and relatively humid setting of the ambient atmosphere.

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