It is shown that, for a given surface pressure, the atmospheric vertical temperature profile has a negligible influence on the Rayleigh optical depth. This contradicts the Bucholtz recommendation for the use of values that vary with air mass type. The influence of atmospheric water vapor amount on the Rayleigh optical depth is also investigated.
© 1998 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 9, 1996
Revised Manuscript: May 30, 1997
Published: January 20, 1998
François-Marie Bréon, "Comment on Rayleigh-scattering calculations for the terrestrial atmosphere," Appl. Opt. 37, 428-429 (1998)