MAX-DOAS measurements in southern China: retrieval of aerosol extinctions and validation using ground-based in-situ data
- 1College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University, Beijing, China
- 2Institute for Chemistry and Dynamics of the Geosphere (ICG-2), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
- 3Biogeochemistry Department, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany
- 4Satellite Group, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany
- 5Institute for Environmental Physics, Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
Abstract. We performed MAX-DOAS measurements during the PRiDe-PRD2006 campaign in the Pearl River Delta region 50 km north of Guangzhou, China, for 4 weeks in June 2006. We used an instrument sampling at 7 different elevation angles between 3° and 90°. During 9 cloud-free days, differential slant column densities (DSCDs) of O4 (O2 dimer) absorptions between 351 nm and 389 nm were evaluated for 6 elevation angles. Here, we show that radiative transfer modeling of the DSCDS can be used to retrieve the aerosol extinction and the height of the boundary layer. A comparison of the aerosol extinction with simultaneously recorded, ground based nephelometer data shows excellent agreement.