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The contribution of the oil sands region to the local aerosol optical depth (AOD) is sought. Satellite data are used since they provide spatial coverage over many years. Satellites measure AOD with high correlation and small biases relative to coincident AERONET AODs. Trends are determined using annual mean AODs, and an increasing trend is found near the Shell mines. Spatially variable and high surface albedo is challenging for some sensors. Measuring polarization appears to be an asset.
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Articles | Volume 17, issue 3
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 1931–1943, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-1931-2017

Special issue: Atmospheric emissions from oil sands development and their...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 1931–1943, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-1931-2017

Research article 09 Feb 2017

Research article | 09 Feb 2017

Assessment of the aerosol optical depths measured by satellite-based passive remote sensors in the Alberta oil sands region

Christopher E. Sioris et al.

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The contribution of the oil sands region to the local aerosol optical depth (AOD) is sought. Satellite data are used since they provide spatial coverage over many years. Satellites measure AOD with high correlation and small biases relative to coincident AERONET AODs. Trends are determined using annual mean AODs, and an increasing trend is found near the Shell mines. Spatially variable and high surface albedo is challenging for some sensors. Measuring polarization appears to be an asset.
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