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Puerto Rico Dust Experiment

June 25 - July 27, 2000

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Ames Contributions to PRiDE:

  • Provided measurements and analyses of solar spectral fluxes and direct beam transmissions in support of the Puerto Rico Dust Experiment (PRIDE).
  • Direct beam transmissions will be measured in 6 narrow bands (380-1020 nm) by the 6-channel Ames Airborne Tracking Sunphotometer (AATS-6) on the SPAWAR Navajo; analyzed to derive aerosol and thin-cloud optical depth at 5 wavelengths, plus column water vapor overburden.
  • The data was used to determine the net solar radiative forcing of dust (and other) aerosol, to quantify the solar spectral radiative energy budget in the presence of elevated aerosol loading, to support satellite algorithm validation, and to provide tests of closure with in situ measurements.


NASA Ames Airborne Tracking Sunphotometer during PRiDE:

  • AATS-6: 6 channels (380-1020 nm) on SPAWAR Navajo
    • Aerosol, Spectral Aerosol Optical Depth, H2O


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