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Impact of COVID-19 lockdown on ground-based airglow observations over India
Remote Sensing Letters ; 12(5):488-498, 2021.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1180355
ABSTRACT
Airglow emissions which originate from the mesospheric and thermospheric altitudes have been routinely being monitored at Kolhapur (16.8 degrees N, 74.2 degrees E), Maharashtra, India, using ground base remote sensing imagers. We note that the observable amplitudes of very small-scale waves during April 2020 were significantly smaller than the regular observations. We investigate the reason for these low observable amplitudes. It is noted that drastic improvement in the quality of images was due to better contrast, which is attributed to significant reduction in greenhouse gases and aerosol loading in the atmosphere by the complete shutdown of local man-made emissions. Results suggest that lockdown had an important repercussion on the visibility through the improved air quality and thus better viewing conditions, which were reflected in the remotely sensed observations made with airglow imager.

Full text: Available Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: Web of Science Language: English Journal: Remote Sensing Letters Year: 2021 Document Type: Article

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Full text: Available Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: Web of Science Language: English Journal: Remote Sensing Letters Year: 2021 Document Type: Article