Articles | Volume 20, issue 12
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 7167–7177, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-7167-2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 7167–7177, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-7167-2020

Research article 22 Jun 2020

Research article | 22 Jun 2020

Reducing uncertainties in satellite estimates of aerosol–cloud interactions over the subtropical ocean by integrating vertically resolved aerosol observations

David Painemal et al.

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AR by David Painemal on behalf of the Authors (11 Mar 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (27 Mar 2020) by Nikos Hatzianastassiou
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (13 Apr 2020)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (13 Apr 2020)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (10 May 2020) by Nikos Hatzianastassiou
AR by David Painemal on behalf of the Authors (11 May 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Aerosol–cloud interactions (ACIs) are the most uncertain aspect of anthropogenic forcing. Although satellites provide the observational dataset for the global ACI quantification, retrievals are limited to vertically integrated quantities (e.g., aerosol optical depth – AOD), which are typically used as an aerosol proxy. This study demonstrates that matching vertically resolved aerosol from CALIOP at the cloud-layer height with satellite cloud retrievals reduces uncertainties in ACI estimates.
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