Articles | Volume 17, issue 7
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 4451–4475, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-4451-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 4451–4475, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-4451-2017

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

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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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