Yuan, YA, Yi, HL, Yong, SA, Wang, FQ, Tan, HP (2010). Inverse problem for particle size distributions of atmospheric aerosols using stochastic particle swarm optimization. JOURNAL OF QUANTITATIVE SPECTROSCOPY & RADIATIVE TRANSFER, 111(14), 2106-2114.
As a part of resolving optical properties in atmosphere radiative transfer calculations, this paper focuses on obtaining aerosol optical thicknesses (AOTs) in the visible and near infrared wave band through indirect method by gleaning the values of aerosol particle size distribution parameters. Although various inverse techniques have been applied to obtain values for these parameters, we choose a stochastic particle swarm optimization (SPSO) algorithm to perform an inverse calculation. Computational performances of different inverse methods are investigated and the influence of swarm size on the inverse problem of computation particles is examined. Next, computational efficiencies of various particle size distributions and the influences of the measured errors on computational :accuracy are compared. Finally, we recover particle size distributions for atmospheric aerosols over Beijing using the measured AOT data (at wavelengths lambda=0.400, 0.690, 0.870, and 1.020 mu m) obtained from AERONET at different times and then calculate other AOT values for this band based on the inverse results. With calculations agreeing with measured data, the SPSO algorithm shows good practicability. (c) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.