Single-scattering properties of tri-axial ellipsoidal mineral dust aerosols: A database for application to radiative transfer calculations Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper presents a user-friendly database software package of the single-scattering properties of individual dust-like aerosol particles for application to radiative transfer calculations in a spectral region from ultraviolet (UV) to far-infrared (far-IR). To expand the degree of morphological freedom of the commonly used spheroidal and spherical models, tri-axial ellipsoids were assumed to be the overall shape of dust-like aerosol particles. A combination of four computational methods, including the Lorenz-Mie theory, the T-matrix method, the discrete dipole approximation, and an improved geometric optics method, was employed to compute the phase matrix, extinction efficiency and single-scattering albedo of ellipsoids with various aspect ratios and sizes. The scattering property database was developed for 42 particle shapes specified in terms of two aspect ratios, 69 refractive indices and 471 size parameters. Additionally, accompanying software, based on interpolation, was developed to provide the single-scattering properties for user-specified aspect ratios, refractive indices and size parameters. The software package allows for the derivation of the bulk optical properties for a given distribution of particle microphysical parameters (i.e., refractive index, size parameter and two aspect ratios). The array-oriented single-scattering property data sets are stored in the NetCDF format. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

author list (cited authors)

  • Meng, Z., Yang, P., Kattawar, G. W., Bi, L., Liou, K. N., & Laszlo, I.

citation count

  • 73

publication date

  • May 2010