Articles | Volume 20, issue 21
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 12431–12457, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-12431-2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 12431–12457, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-12431-2020

Research article 30 Oct 2020

Research article | 30 Oct 2020

An AeroCom–AeroSat study: intercomparison of satellite AOD datasets for aerosol model evaluation

Nick Schutgens et al.

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We intercompare 14 different datasets of satellite observations of aerosol. Such measurements are challenging but also provide the best opportunity to globally observe an atmospheric component strongly related to air pollution and climate change. Our study shows that most datasets perform similarly well on a global scale but that locally errors can be quite different. We develop a technique to estimate satellite errors everywhere, even in the absence of surface reference data.
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