Application of lidar depolarization measurement in the atmospheric boundary layer: Effects of dust and sea-salt particles

Toshiyuki Murayama, Hajime Okamoto, Naoki Kaneyasu, Hiroki Kamataki, Kazuhiko Miura

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We intensively observed the atmospheric boundary layer with a polarization lidar, a Sun photometer, and a high-volume sampler at a coastal area of Tokyo Bay. The purpose of the observation is to investigate a phenomenon discovered in the past summer: relatively high depolarization ratio events (≈10% at peak) in the lower atmosphere associated with sea breeze. From the chemical analyses of the simultaneously sampled aerosols, we found that the depolarization ratio might be related to crystallized sea salt and dust particles. A boundary structure was clearly revealed by the depolarization ratio in the lower atmosphere, which might correspond to the mixed layer (the internal boundary layer) or the sea breeze in which crystallized sea salt and/or dust particles were diffused. We also presented the first numerical calculation on the depolarization ratio of the cubic particles to apply crystallized sea-salt (NaCl) particles by the dipole discrete approximation (DDA) method: the calculation yields 8-22% of depolarization ratio for the effective size larger than 0.8 μm at the investigated wavelength (532 nm).

Original languageEnglish
Article number1999JD900503
Pages (from-to)31781-31792
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres
Issue numberD24
Publication statusPublished - Dec 27 1999
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology


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