Articles | Volume 15, issue 10
Research article
21 May 2015
Research article |  | 21 May 2015

AOD trends during 2001–2010 from observations and model simulations

A. Pozzer, A. de Meij, J. Yoon, H. Tost, A. K. Georgoulias, and M. Astitha


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AR by Andrea Pozzer on behalf of the Authors (24 Feb 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (Editor review) (24 Mar 2015) by Philip Stier
AR by Andrea Pozzer on behalf of the Authors (02 Apr 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (20 Apr 2015) by Philip Stier
Short summary
Thanks to numerical simulations and satellite observations, it is shown that aerosol optical depth (AOD) trends (2000--2010 period) over the US and Europe are due to emission decrease, while over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East they are due to meteorological changes. Over Southeast Asia, both meteorology and emission changes are important for the AOD trends. It is shown that soluble components strongly influence AOD, as their contribution is enhanced by the aerosol water content.
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