Articles | Volume 17, issue 13
Research article
14 Jul 2017
Research article |  | 14 Jul 2017

Lidar ratios of stratospheric volcanic ash and sulfate aerosols retrieved from CALIOP measurements

Andrew T. Prata, Stuart A. Young, Steven T. Siems, and Michael J. Manton

Data sets

AIRS/Aqua L1B Infrared (IR) geolocated and calibrated radiances V005 AIRS Science Team/Moustafa Chahine

CALIPSO/CALIOP Level 1B, Lidar Profile Data CALIPSO Science Team

CALIPSO/CALIOP Level 2, Lidar Aerosol Layer Data CALIPSO Science Team

Short summary
We have studied the optical properties of ash-rich and sulfate-rich volcanic aerosols by analysing satellite observations of three different volcanic eruptions. Our results indicate that ash particles have distinctive optical properties when compared to sulfates. We expect our results will improve space-borne lidar detection of volcanic aerosols and provide new insight into their interaction with the atmosphere and solar radiation.
Final-revised paper