Articles | Volume 15, issue 8
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-4259-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-4259-2015
Research article
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24 Apr 2015
Research article |  | 24 Apr 2015

An overview of regional and local characteristics of aerosols in South Africa using satellite, ground, and modeling data

S. P. Hersey, R. M. Garland, E. Crosbie, T. Shingler, A. Sorooshian, S. Piketh, and R. Burger

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A decadal aerosol climatology of South Africa's major metropolitan areas is presented, utilizing data from multiple satellite platforms and 19 ground-monitoring sites. Remotely sensed data are dominated by a seasonal signal corresponding to transported biomass burning during austral spring, while ground data are dominated by domestic burning in low-income areas during austral winter. We report poor agreement between satellite- and ground-based aerosol measurements.
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