Articles | Volume 13, issue 4
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1909–1920, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-1909-2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1909–1920, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-1909-2020

Research article 16 Apr 2020

Research article | 16 Apr 2020

Issues related to the retrieval of stratospheric-aerosol particle size information based on optical measurements

Christian von Savigny and Christoph G. Hoffmann

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University of Oxford, Departement of Physics Mie scattering routines http://eodg.atm.ox.ac.uk/MIE/index.html

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Stratospheric sulfate aerosols increase the Earth's planetary albedo and can lead to significant surface cooling, for example in the aftermath of volcanic eruptions. Their particle size distribution, important for physical and chemical effects of these aerosols, is still not fully understood. The present paper proposes an explanation for systematic differences in aerosol particle size retrieved from measurements made in different measurement geometries and reported in earlier studies.