The Advanced Navy Aerosol model (ANAM), being a modified version of the Navy Aerosol Model (NAM), is a wellknown
engineering tool providing a quick and reasonable estimate of the aerosol extinction in the marine near-surface
environment on the basis of simple meteorological input data. The original NAM consists of 3 lognormal distributions,
which describe freshly produced marine aerosols, aged marine aerosols (produced elsewhere and advected to the
measurement site) and a background concentration of marine aerosols. The ANAM adds a 4th lognormal mode to NAM
to account for the largest marine particles. To account for non-marine particles, a special lognormal mode, called "dust
mode" was included in NAM. The relative importance of the dust mode versus the marine background concentration is
governed by a special input parameter known as the air mass parameter (AMP). Unfortunately, the AMP is ill-defined
and the NAM user community has found it difficult to attribute a proper value to the AMP. This inconvenience became
even more stressing when NAM was used for assessing aerosol extinction in the coastal zone. To overcome this
inconvenience, a new approach is suggested which involves replacement of the AMP by the Ångström coefficient. The
advantage is that the latter parameter can be directly measured and has a physical relation to the aerosol size distribution.
When the particle size distribution is dominated by small particles, usually associated with pollution, the Ångström
coefficients are high; in clear conditions they are usually low. Therefore this parameter is a good tracer of the aerosols
originated over land and hence a good replacement for the AMP.