Articles | Volume 17, issue 11
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 7111–7126, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-7111-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 7111–7126, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-7111-2017

Research article 15 Jun 2017

Research article | 15 Jun 2017

Impact of the choice of the satellite aerosol optical depth product in a sub-regional dust emission inversion

Jerónimo Escribano et al.

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Top-down estimates of mineral dust flux usually rely on a single observational dataset whose observational errors propagate onto the emission estimates. Aerosol optical depth from five satellites are assimilated one by one into a source inversion system over northern Africa. We find a relatively large dispersion in flux estimates among the five experiments, which can likely be attributed to differences in the assimilated observational datasets and their associated error statistics.
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