Climate Change 2001:
Working Group I: The Scientific Basis
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Figure 5.3: (a) Aerosol optical depth and (b) Ångström exponent from POLDER satellite data for May 1997 (Deuzé et al., 1999). The largest optical depths over the Atlantic Ocean are from north African dust. The Ångström exponent expresses the wavelength dependence of scattered light between 670 and 865 nm. The African dust plume has a small Ångström exponent due to the importance of coarse mode aerosols whereas the larger Ångström exponents around the continents show the importance of accumulation mode aerosols in those locations.

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