Articles | Volume 19, issue 23
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 15023–15048, 2019
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 15023–15048, 2019

Research article 11 Dec 2019

Research article | 11 Dec 2019

How should we aggregate data? Methods accounting for the numerical distributions, with an assessment of aerosol optical depth

Andrew M. Sayer and Kirk D. Knobelspiesse

Data sets

AERONET data portal NASA AERONET team

EarthData data portal NASA EarthData portal team

Nature Run data portal NASA GMAO https://g5nr.nccs.nasa. gov/data/

Short summary
Data about the Earth are routinely obtained from satellite observations, model simulations, and ground-based or other measurements. These are at different space and timescales, and it is common to average them to reduce gaps and increase ease of use. The question of how the data should be averaged depends on the underlying distribution of the quantity. This study presents a method for determining how to appropriately aggregate data and applies it to data sets about atmospheric aerosol levels.
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