Volume 20, Issue 2-2, June 2016
STATISTICAL EXAMINATION OF THE AEROSOLS LOADING OVER MUBI-NIGERIA: THE SATELLITE OOBSERVATION ANALYSIS
Authors: Emetere Moses Eterigho
Abstract: The problem of underestimating or overestimating the aerosols loading over Mubi is inevitable because of the absence of ground stations over the region. Aerosols pollution is a global challenge to life forms as it affects human health, agricultural produce, thermal comfort and weather. The modulation between high and low thermal comforts over Mubi is quite disturbing. The aim of the research is to seek a more reliable approach to estimate the aerosols loading and retention over Mubi. Thirteen years aerosol optical depth (AOD) data was obtained from the Multi-angle imaging spectroradiometer (MISR). Mubi is located on latitude 10.27oN and longitude 13.27oE. Statistical tools, as well as analytically derived model for aerosols loading were used to obtain the aerosols retention and loading over the area. It was discovered that the highest aerosols retention over Mubi is 12.7%. The atmospheric constants and tuning constants over Mubi were documented as 0.67 and 0.71 respectively. Due to the volume of aerosols over Mubi, it is necessary to change the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) model which relates to signal budgeting.
Keywords: aerosols retention, Mubi, atmospheric constant, statistical tool, analytical dispersion model
Article info: 62-69
Received: January 8, 2015 | Revised: April 7, 2016 | Accepted: June 1, 2016