Articles | Volume 17, issue 9
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 6041–6072, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-6041-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 6041–6072, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-6041-2017

Research article 16 May 2017

Research article | 16 May 2017

Comparison of AOD, AAOD and column single scattering albedo from AERONET retrievals and in situ profiling measurements

Elisabeth Andrews et al.

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We compare absorption aerosol optical depth (AAOD) and single scattering albedo (SSA) from AERONET retrievals with AAOD and SSA obtained from in situ vertical profiling flights over two rural sites in North America. The direct comparisons of in situ derived to AERONET-retrieved AAOD (or SSA) reveal that AERONET retrievals yield higher aerosol absorption than obtained from the in situ profiles. This has implications for models using AERONET to evaluate or scale their simulated absorption values.
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