Articles | Volume 14, issue 7
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 3183–3194, 2014
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 3183–3194, 2014

Research article 01 Apr 2014

Research article | 01 Apr 2014

Simulation of GOES-R ABI aerosol radiances using WRF-CMAQ: a case study approach

S. A. Christopher S. A. Christopher
  • Department of Atmospheric Science, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, USA

Abstract. In anticipation of the upcoming GOES-R launch we simulate visible and near-infrared reflectances of the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) for cases of high aerosol loading containing regional haze and smoke over the eastern United States. The simulations are performed using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF), Sparse Matrix Operator Kernel Emissions (SMOKE), and Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) models. Geostationary, satellite-derived, biomass-burning emissions are also included as an input to CMAQ. Using the CMAQ aerosol concentrations and Mie calculations, radiance is computed from the discrete ordinate atmospheric radiative transfer model. We present detailed methods for deriving aerosol extinction from WRF and CMAQ outputs. Our results show that the model simulations create a realistic set of reflectances in various aerosol scenarios. The simulated reflectances provide distinct spectral features of aerosols which are then compared to data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). We also present a simple technique to synthesize green band reflectance (which will not be available on the ABI), using the model-simulated blue and red band reflectance. This study is an example of the use of air quality modeling in improving products and techniques for Earth-observing missions.

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