Articles | Volume 10, issue 24
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 12273–12283, 2010
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 12273–12283, 2010

Research article 23 Dec 2010

Research article | 23 Dec 2010

Wintertime pollution over the Eastern Indo-Gangetic Plains as observed from MOPITT, CALIPSO and tropospheric ozone residual data

J. Kar1, M. N. Deeter2, J. Fishman3, Z. Liu3,4, A. Omar3, J. K. Creilson1,3,*, C. R. Trepte3, M. A. Vaughan3, and D. M. Winker3 J. Kar et al.
  • 1Science Systems and Applications Inc., Hampton, VA, 23666, USA
  • 2National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, USA
  • 3NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, 23681, USA
  • 4National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, VA, 23666, USA
  • *currently at: American Meteorological Society, Boston, MA 02108, USA

Abstract. A large wintertime increase in pollutants has been observed over the eastern parts of the Indo Gangetic Plains. We use improved version 4 carbon monoxide (CO) retrievals from the Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere (MOPITT) along with latest version 3 aerosol data from the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) lidar instrument and the tropospheric ozone residual products to characterize this pollution pool. The feature is seen primarily in the lower troposphere from about November to February with strong concomitant increases in CO and aerosol optical depth (AOD). The signature of the feature is also observed in tropospheric ozone column data. The height resolved aerosol data from CALIPSO confirm the trapping of the pollution pool at the lowest altitudes. The observations indicate that MOPITT can capture this low altitude phenomenon even in winter conditions as indicated by the averaging kernels.

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