Articles | Volume 18, issue 3
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 1573–1592, 2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 1573–1592, 2018

Research article 05 Feb 2018

Research article | 05 Feb 2018

Two decades of satellite observations of AOD over mainland China using ATSR-2, AATSR and MODIS/Terra: data set evaluation and large-scale patterns

Gerrit de Leeuw et al.


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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (21 Dec 2017) by Stelios Kazadzis
Short summary
The complementary use of two sensors, ATSR and MODIS, to provide aerosol information over two decades (1995–2015) is described. To this end, the AOD retrieved from both instruments had to be compared, showing that ATSR slightly underestimates and MODIS overestimates by a similar amount. Results show the increase of aerosols over the years, with an indication of the onset of a decrease in recent years. The AOD spatial distribution shows seasonal variations across China.
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