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Remote Sensing Station (ARSS)
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Remote Sensing Station (ARSS)

Remote Sensing Station (ARSS)


Atmospheric Remote Sensing Station.

Since July 2009, the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS) is continuously operating the ground-based Atmospheric Remote Sensing Station (ARSS) to monitor radiation levels at ground and aerosol pollution over the city of Athens, Greece. ARSS is located on the roof of the Actinometric Station of the National Observatory of Athens, at Thisseio (NOA, 37.6 N, 23.5 E, 130m a.s.l.). ARSS is equipped with a CIMEL CE318-NEDPS9 sunphotometer for the retrieval of aerosol optical depth at 8 wavelengths from 340 to 1640 nm, including polarization measurements. The CIMEL instrument is a part of NASA’s AERONET (Aerosol Robotic Network) network. The data are processed every day (level 2.0 Quality Assured) and are available at AERONET’s webpage along with the aerosol inversion retrievals for the complete aerosol characterization (e.g. Saharan dust events, smoke cases etc). Campus is located in the city center and 10km from the sea. ARSS is additionally equipped with a PSR (Precision Solar Spectrometer), which measures solar Irradiance at the region of 300-1020nm. Also a PANDORA-1S spectral radiometer is installed on the station. The instrumentation of ARSS constitutes a state-of-the-art passive remote sensing station for atmospheric research, the first one that ever operated in Athens with such specifications.

 
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