Photo-polarimetric sensitivities to layering and mixing of absorbing aerosols

O. V. Kalashnikova, M. J. Garay, A. B. Davis, D. J. Diner, J. V. Martonchik

Abstract


We investigate to what extent multi-angle polarimetric measurements are sensitive to vertical mixing/layering of absorbing aerosols, adopting calibration uncertainty of 1.5% in intensity and 0.5% in the degree of linear polarization of Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imager (MSPI).  Employing both determinstic and Monte Carlo radiative transfer codes with polarization, we conduct modeling experiments to determine how the measured Stokes vector elements are affected at UV and short visible wavelengths by the vertical distribution, mixing and layering of smoke and dust aerosols for variety of microphysical parameters. We find that multi-angular polarimetry holds the potential to infer dust-layer heights and thicknesses at blue visible channel due to its  lesser sensitivity to changes in dust coarse mode optical properties, but higher sensitivity to the dust vertical profiles. Our studies quantify requirements for obtaining simultaneous information on aerosol layer height and absorption under MSPI measurement uncertainties.

Keywords


MSPI, aerosol, pthotopolarimetry

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1478/C1V89S1P046

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