Articles | Volume 16, issue 3
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 1587–1602, 2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 1587–1602, 2016

Research article 11 Feb 2016

Research article | 11 Feb 2016

Remote sensing of soot carbon – Part 2: Understanding the absorption Ångström exponent

G. L. Schuster et al.


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ED: Publish as is (25 Nov 2015) by Paola Formenti
Short summary
Some authors have recently suggested that the spectral dependence of aerosol absorption may be used to separate soot carbon absorption from the aerosol absorption associated with organic carbon and dust. We demonstrate that this approach is inconsistent with the underlying assumptions that are required to infer aerosol absorption through remote sensing techniques, and that carbonaceous aerosols can not be differentiated from dust by exclusively using spectral absorption signatures.
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