Articles | Volume 12, issue 12
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 6465–6488, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-6465-2019

Special issue: SKYNET – the international network for aerosol, clouds,...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 6465–6488, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-6465-2019

Research article 09 Dec 2019

Research article | 09 Dec 2019

Nocturnal aerosol optical depth measurements with modified sky radiometer POM-02 using the moon as a light source

Akihiro Uchiyama et al.

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Short summary
The majority of aerosol data are obtained from daytime measurements using the Sun as a light source, and there are few datasets available for studying nighttime aerosol characteristics. To estimate the aerosol optical depth (AOD) during the nighttime using the moon as a light source, a radiometer for the daytime was modified, and a new calibration method was developed. As a result, the estimations of the nighttime AOD were made with the same degree of precision and accuracy during the daytime.