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Long-term measurements by the AERONET program of spectral aerosol optical depth, precipitable water, and derived Angstrom exponent were analyzed and compiled into an aerosol optical properties climatology. Quality assured monthly means are presented and described for 9 primary sites and 21 additional multiyear sites with distinct aerosol regimes representing tropical biomass burning, boreal forests, midlatitude humid climates, midlatitude dry climates, oceanic sites, desert sites, and background sites. Seasonal trends for each of these nine sites are discussed and climatic averages presented.

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Authors: HOLBEN B N ET AL, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt (US);TANRÉ D, Laboratoire d'Optique Atmosphérique, CNRS, Villeneuve d'Ascq (FR);CHATENET B, Laboratoire Interuniversitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques, Universités Paris VII et Paris XII, CNRS, Créteil (FR);LAVENU F, CESBIO Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Toulouse (FR);ZIBORDI G, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Space Applications Institute, Ispra (IT);TANRE D, Laboratoire d'Optique Atmospherique, CNRS, Villeneuve d'Ascq (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol 106, No D11, (2001), pp. 12067-12097
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