Russian Meteorology and Hydrology

, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 203–208 | Cite as

Actinometric System Aboard the Yak-42D “Roshydromet” Research Aircraft

  • G. E. Kolokutin
  • B. A. Fomin
  • V. V. Petrov
Instruments, Observations, and Processing


The actinometric system installed aboard the Yak-42D "Roshydromet" research aircraft is presented. It is designed to study radiation processes in the troposphere. The system is based on standard Kipp&Zonen actinometric instruments for measuring solar, thermal, and ultraviolet radiation fluxes as well as on specially developed radiation models with high-precision methods for solving radiative transfer equations (Monte Carlo, k-distribution, and line-by-line calculations). The combination of actinometric measurements and detailed simulation of radiative transfer in the atmosphere allows examining the radiation balance components throughout the troposphere using in situ measurements at the aircraft location. Some results of studying radiation fluxes obtained during the flights over the Arctic region of the Russian Federation are presented. The data of measurements carried out using the presented system are useful for validating radiation codes utilized in general atmospheric circulation models and for processing satellite remote sensing data.


Actinometric system Yak-42D “Roshydromet” research aircraft solar thermal and ultra-violet radiation fluxes radiation model measurement data validation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Central Aerological ObservatoryDolgoprudnyRussia

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