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The BOREAS RSS-12 team collected both ground and airborne sunphotometer measurements for use in characterizing the aerosol optical properties of the atmosphere during the BOREAS data collection activities. These measurements are to be used to: 1) measure the magnitude and variability of the aerosol optical depth in both time and space; 2) determine the optical properties of the boreal aerosols; and 3) atmospherically correct some remotely sensed data acquired during BOREAS. These data cover selected days and times from May to September 1994 and were taken from one of two ground sites near Candle Lake in the SSA. The data described in this document are from the field sunphotometer data.

A guide document which includes more information about this data set can be found at .

ORNL DAAC maintains information on the entire BOREAS Project.

Data Citation

Cite this data set as follows:

Wrigley, R. C., 1999. BOREAS RSS-12 Automated Ground Sunphotometer Measurements in the SSA. Data set. Available on-line [] from Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A.


Bruegge, C.J., R.N. Halthore, B. Markham, M. Spanner, and R. Wrigley. 1992. Aerosol optical depth retrievals over the Konza prairie. Journal of Geophysical Research 97(D17):18743-18758.

King, M., D. Bryne, B. Herman, and J. Reagan. 1978. Aerosol size distributions obtained by inversion of spectral optical depth measurements. J. Atmos. Sci. 35:2153-2167.

Noxon, J. 1979. Stratospheric NO2, 2, Global behavior, J. Geophys. Res. 84:5067-5076.

Penney, C.M. 1979. Study of temperature dependence of the Chappuis band absorption of ozone, NASA Contract Rep. 158977, General Electric Company, Schenectady, N.Y.

Russell, P., J. Livingston, E. Dutton, R. Pueschel, J. Reagan, T. DeFoor, M. Box, D. Allen, P. Pilewskie, B. Herman, S. Kinne and D. Hofmann. 1994. Pinatubo and pre-Pinatubo optical depth spectra: Mauna Loa measurements, comparisons, inferred particle size distributions, radiative effects, and relationship to lidar data. J. Geophys. Res. 98:22,969-22,985.

Sellers, P., and F. Hall. 1994. Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study: Experiment Plan. Version 1994-3.0, NASA BOREAS Report (EXPLAN 94).

Sellers, P., and F. Hall. 1996. Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study: Experiment Plan. Version 1996-2.0, NASA BOREAS Report (EXPLAN 96).

Sellers, P., F. Hall, and K.F. Huemmrich. 1996. Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study: 1994 Operations. NASA BOREAS Report (OPS DOC 94).

Sellers, P., F. Hall, and K.F. Huemmrich. 1997. Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study: 1996 Operations. NASA BOREAS Report (OPS DOC 96).

Sellers, P., F. Hall, H. Margolis, B. Kelly, D. Baldocchi, G. den Hartog, J. Cihlar, M.G. Ryan, B. Goodison, P. Crill, K.J.Ranson, D. Lettenmaier, and D.E. Wickland. 1995. The boreal ecosystem-atmosphere study (BOREAS): an overview and early results from the 1994 field year. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 76(9):1549-1577.

Sellers, P., and F. Hall. 1997. BOREAS Overview Paper. JGR Special Issue (in press).

Spanner, M., R. Wrigley, R. Pueschel, J. Livingston, and D. Colburn. 1990. Determination of atmospheric optical properties for the First ISLSCP Field Experiment (FIFE). Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 27:373-379.

Wrigley, R.C., M.A. Spanner, R.E. Slye, R.F. Pueschel, and H.R. Aggarwal. 1992. Atmospheric correction of remotely sensed image data by a simplified model. Journal of Geophysical Research 97(D17):18797-18814.

Young, A. 1980. Revised depolarization corrections for atmospheric extinction. Applied Optics 19:3427-3428.

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25-Jun-1998 (data citation revised on 26-Sep-2002)

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