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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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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