Articles | Volume 16, issue 18
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 12177–12203, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-12177-2016

Special issue: CHemistry and AeRosols Mediterranean EXperiments (ChArMEx)...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 12177–12203, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-12177-2016

Research article 28 Sep 2016

Research article | 28 Sep 2016

Aerosol optical, microphysical and radiative properties at regional background insular sites in the western Mediterranean

Michaël Sicard et al.

Data sets

AERONET dataset Goddard Space Flight Center/NASA http://aeronet.gsfc.nasa.gov/

SolRad-Net dataset Goddard Space Flight Center/NASA http://solrad-net.gsfc.nasa.gov/

CERES dataset Langley Research Center/NASA https://ceres-tool.larc.nasa.gov/ord-tool/products?CERESProducts=SSFlevel2

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The seasonal variability of the aerosol optical, microphysical and radiative properties at three insular sites in the western Mediterranean Basin is presented. The main drivers of the observed annual cycles and NE–SW gradients are mineral dust outbreaks in summer and European continental aerosols in spring. The lack of NE–W gradients of some aerosol properties is attributed to a homogeneous spatial distribution of the fine particle load and absorption low values in the southwesternmost site.
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