Articles | Volume 17, issue 7
Research article
03 Apr 2017
Research article |  | 03 Apr 2017

Comparing multiple model-derived aerosol optical properties to spatially collocated ground-based and satellite measurements

Ilissa B. Ocko and Paul A. Ginoux

Data sets

Aerosol Robotic Network, Version 2 Direct Sun Algorithm NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center

Cloud-Aerosol LIdar with Orthogonal Polarization, CAL_LID_L3_APro_AllSky-Standard-V3-00 NASA, Atmospheric Science Data Center

MISR, MIL3MAE NASA, Atmospheric Science Data Center

MODIS Atmosphere L3 Monthly Product S. Platnick et al.

GFDL Data Portal NOAA, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Short summary
Human-made liquid and solid particles (aerosols) are abundant in the atmosphere and play a central role in climate change. Computer models are essential tools for understanding how aerosols impact the climate, but it is critical to evaluate a model's performance by comparing with observations. Here we analyze aerosol properties in two world-renowned models by comparing with ground-based and satellite instrument data. We find that comparisons with all available data is valuable and essential.
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