Problem

Deterioration in atmospheric visibility

Other Names:
Lack of visibility
Visibility degradation
Nature:
Visibility in the atmosphere decreases when solar radiation in the visible band is scattered by particles or gases. The most efficient scattering particles have sizes similar to those of visible light. These include sulphate aerosol, graphitic soot and hydrocarbons. Combustion of fossil fuels, wood burning and agricultural biomass burning produce light-scattering particles.
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
01.03.2003 – 00:00 CET