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J. C. H. van der Hage

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A small portable albedometer with direct readout of albedo values is described. The instrument is designed for surveying natural fields on foot. It was used on glaciers in Austria and Greenland, not for precision measurements on the climatological stations, but as a correction for interpolated albedos between the stations. Results of these measurements will be published elsewhere. The interpretation of albedo measurements over nonuniform surfaces is discussed here.

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J. C. H. van der Hage and S. R. de Roode

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A low-cost isotropic light sensor is described consisting of a spherical diffuser connected to a single photodiode by a light conductor. The directional response to light is isotropic to a high degree. The small, lightweight, and rugged construction makes this instrument suitable not only for application on aircraft or under balloons but also on the ground in microclimatological studies.

A vertical profile of actinic flux in the visible range (400–750 nm) in Arctic stratus, obtained with this instrument under a tethered balloon during the FIRE experiment in 1998, is presented.

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J. C. H. van der Hage, H. van Dop, A. Los, W. Boot, and D. van As

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The Directional Radiance Distribution Measurement (DIRAM) device was designed and built to determine the angular distribution of shortwave radiance as a function of height in cloudy and clear-sky conditions at various surface albedos. The construction contains 42 sensors, consisting of a collimation system and a detector, which are mounted in two domes (21 in each). The collimators are made of solid PERSPEX cylinders, 8 mm in diameter and ∼24 mm long, which are fully transparent in the visible range. Three diaphragms are carved in each cylinder to reduce the field of view to ∼7° and to reduce the stray light. The detector is a commerially available silicon photodiode for the visible spectral range. The domes can be placed at ground level, or on top and below a research aircraft. The collimators collect broadband visible radiation in 42 regularly distributed viewing angles. The aperture of each sensor is about 7°. The 42 signals are continuously stored by a datalogger with variable frequency up to 10 Hz. The angular dependence of solar radiation scattered from clouds (or the earth's surface) can be determined. The purpose is to collect data on the scattering of solar radiation by clouds (and surface) in order to gain more insight in the shortwave atmospheric radiation budget. Optical properties such as angular discrimination of the collimators and sensitivity of the device were investigated and summarized. During a test flight the operational aspects were investigated. It appeared that the device was able to collect data without interruption in severe conditions (vibrations, strong temperature, and humidity changes).

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J. C. H. van der Hage, W. Boot, H. van Dop, P. G. Duynkerke, and J. Vilà-Guerau De Arellano

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An instrument to measure ultraviolet actinic flux in and outside clouds was constructed and calibrated. Characteristics of the instrument axe: 1) it is equipped with gallium phosphide photodiodes, 2) its isotropic directional response is almost perfect due to the special design of the optical diffusers, and 3) it is a lightweight construction (150 g) allowing the use of a balloon or a kit as an observation platform.

Ground-level observations and vertical profiles, measured with this UV photometer in clear air and in stratocumulus during the Atlantic Stratocumulus Transition Experiment in the Azores, confirm that the Madronich radiation transfer model is valid for clouds.

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