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EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > AEROSOLS > AEROSOL OPTICAL DEPTH/THICKNESS
Definition:
The degree to which Aerosols prevent light from passing through. Optical
depth/thickness depends upon the physical constitution ,the form, and the
concentration of particles. 
Reference:
NASA GCMD
The Glossary of Meteorology, American Meteorological Society, 1998.
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