Articles | Volume 15, issue 2
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 353–364, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-353-2022
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 353–364, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-353-2022

Research article 24 Jan 2022

Research article | 24 Jan 2022

Moderate spectral resolution solar irradiance measurements, aerosol optical depth, and solar transmission, from 360 to 1070 nm, using the refurbished rotating shadow band spectroradiometer (RSS)

Joseph J. Michalsky and Peter W. Kiedron

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This paper describes an instrument that measures spectrally from 360 nm (ultraviolet) to 1070 nm (near-infrared) at 1002 separate wavelengths. The measurements were made every minute from the late summer of 2009 to the winter of 2014 at a site in northern Oklahoma (USA; 36.605° N, 97.486° W). Methods are described that enable the normalized transmission across the spectrum to be measured and, subsequently, used to calculate the aerosol optical depth and spectra irradiance.