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Title: High temporal resolution estimates of columnar aerosol microphysical parameters from spectrum of aerosol optical depth by linear estimation: application to long-term AERONET and star-photometry measurements
Authors: Pérez Ramírez, Daniel
Veselovskii, I.
Whiteman, D. N.
Suvorina, A.
Korenskiy, M.
Kolgotin, A.
Holben, B.
Dubovik, O.
Siniuk, A.
Alados-Arboledas, Lucas
Issue Date: 2015
Abstract: This work deals with the applicability of the linear estimation technique (LE) to invert spectral measurements of aerosol optical depth (AOD) provided by AERONET CIMEL sun photometers. The inversion of particle properties using only direct-sun AODs allows the evaluation of parameters such as effective radius (reff) and columnar volume aerosol content (V) with significantly better temporal resolution than the operational AERONET algorithm which requires both direct sun and sky radiance measurements. Sensitivity studies performed demonstrate that the constraints on the range of the inversion are very important to minimize the uncertainties, and therefore estimates of reff can be obtained with uncertainties less than 30 % and of V with uncertainties below 40 %. The LE technique is applied to data acquired at five AERONET sites influenced by different aerosol types and the retrievals are compared with the results of the operational AERONET code. Good agreement between the two techniques is obtained when the fine mode predominates, while for coarse mode cases the LE results systematically underestimate both reff and V. The highest differences are found for cases where no mode predominates. To minimize these biases, correction functions are developed using the multi-year database of observations at selected sites, where the AERONET retrieval is used as the reference. The derived corrections are tested using data from 18 other AERONET stations offering a range of aerosol types. After correction, the LE retrievals provide better agreement with AERONET for all the sites considered. Finally, the LE approach developed here is applied to AERONET and star-photometry measurements in the city of Granada (Spain) to obtain day-to-night time evolution of columnar aerosol microphysical properties.
Sponsorship: This work was supported by the NASA Atmospheric Composition Program and by the NASA Aerosols, Clouds, Ecosystems mission. Support has also been provided by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology through projects CGL2010-18782 and CSD2007-00067, by the Andalusian Regional Government through projects P10-RNM-6299 and P08-RNM-3568, by the EU through ACTRIS project (EU INFRA-2010-1.1.16-262254), and by the Postdoctoral Program of the University of Granada. The authors would like to express their gratitude to the NOAA Air Resources Laboratory and Naval Research Laboratory for the HYSPLIT model.
Publisher: Copernicus Publications; European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Keywords: Aerosol
Properties
Mediterranean
Saharan dust
Atmospheric
AERONET
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10481/37702
ISSN: 1867-1381
1867-8548
Rights : Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License
Citation: Pérez-Ramírez, D.; et al. High temporal resolution estimates of columnar aerosol microphysical parameters from spectrum of aerosol optical depth by linear estimation: application to long-term AERONET and star-photometry measurements. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 8: 3117-3133 (2015). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/37702]
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