Stratospheric Aerosol Measurement II

Data obtained from the Stratospheric Aerosol Measurement (SAM) II instrument, which flew on board the Nimbus-7 satellite, are used to determine the vertical distribution of stratospheric aerosols in the polar regions of both hemispheres.

Disciplines:   Aerosols

SAM-II Publications

Wang P-H, Kent GS, Powell KA, Yue GK, Poole LR, McCormick PM (2000). Properties of the 1979 SAM II Antarctic 1.0-┬Ám extinction coefficients: Implications of dehydration and seasonal evolution of the Antarctic polar vortex. Journal of Geophysical Research, 105 (D7), 9407.

Stenchikov GL, Kirchner I, Robock A, Graf H-F., Antuna J C, Grainger RG, Lambert A, Thomason L (1998). Radiative forcing from the 1991 Mount Pinatubo volcanic eruption. Journal of Geophysical Research, 103 (D12), 13837.

Collection Disciplines Spatial Temporal
The Stratospheric Aerosol Measurement II (SAM II) Data set (SAM2_AERO_PRF_NAT)
Aerosols Spatial Coverage:
(-90, 90), (-180, 180)
Vertical Resolution Range:
100 meters - < 1 km
Vertical Resolution:
1  km Altitude
Temporal Coverage:
1978-10-29 - 1993-12-18
Temporal Resolution Range:
Hourly - < Daily
Temporal Resolution:
Sunrise/Sunset Event