Articles | Volume 16, issue 23
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 15097–15117, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-15097-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 15097–15117, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-15097-2016

Research article 06 Dec 2016

Research article | 06 Dec 2016

An observationally constrained estimate of global dust aerosol optical depth

David A. Ridley et al.

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Mineral dust aerosol affects climate through interaction with radiation and clouds, human health through contribution to particulate matter, and ecosystem health through nutrient transport and deposition. In this study, we use satellite and in situ retrievals to derive an observational estimate of the global dust AOD with which evaluate modeled dust AOD. Differences in the seasonality and regional distribution of dust AOD between observations and models are highlighted.
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