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Influence of Ambient Relative Humidity on Seasonal Trends of Scattering Enhancement Factor of Aerosols in Chiba, Japan

Category: Optical/Radiative Properties and Remote Sensing

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DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2018.07.0267

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Nofel Lagrosas 1,2, Gerry Bagtasa3, Naohiro Manago1, Hiroaki Kuze1

  • 1 Center for Environmental Remote Sensing (CEReS), Chiba University, Chiba 263-8522, Japan
  • 2 Manila Observatory, Ateneo de Manila University Campus, Quezon City 1108, Philippines
  • 3 Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City 1101, Philippines


  • Monthly trends of ambient f(RH) are determined from ground instruments.
  • Monthly ambient f(RH) values with RH are modeled.
  • Ambient f(RH) measurements are higher than f(RH) values from sampling measurements.
  • Scattering enhancement ratios from dusts have low response to RH.


Scattering enhancement factor, f(RH), is used to measure the effect of ambient relative humidity (RH) on scattering coefficient of aerosols. In this study, we use ground instruments, namely, a visibility meter, an integrating nephelometer, an aethalometer, a lidar, and a weather monitor to measure f(RH) and to obtain a model of the annual variation of f(RH) in Chiba city, Japan. In the first approach, chemical analysis data are exploited for calculating f(RH). Second, we use visibility and aethalometer data to model monthly trends of f(RH) at 550 nm. Summer months show higher f(RH) values while autumn, spring and winter months show relatively lower f(RH) values. This can be attributed to the general pattern of regional climatology as well as the loading of different particle types into the lower troposphere. In the third approach, f(RH) values at 532 nm are obtained from lidar and aethalometer measurements. Campaign measurements during November show low and constant f(RH) values while measurements during May show higher and increasing f(RH) values. The occurrence of dust events during March 2015, in one of the measurement campaigns, showed decreasing f(RH) values against RH.


Scattering enhancement factor Relative humidity Scattering coefficient Dust aerosol Angström coefficient

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