Articles | Volume 20, issue 12
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 7473–7488, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-7473-2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 7473–7488, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-7473-2020

Research article 26 Jun 2020

Research article | 26 Jun 2020

Site representativity of AERONET and GAW remotely sensed aerosol optical thickness and absorbing aerosol optical thickness observations

Nick A. J. Schutgens

Data sets

AERONET-A Federated Instrument Network and Data Archive for Aerosol Characterization B. N. Holben, T. F. Eck, I. Slutsker, D. Tanre, J. P. Buis, A. Setzer, E. Vermote, J. A. Reagan, Y. J. Kaufman, T. Nakajima, F. Lavenu, I. Jankowiak, and A. Smirnov https://doi.org/10.1016/S0034-4257(98)00031-5

Model code and software

Model Configuration for the 7-km GEOS-5 Nature Run, Ganymed Release (Non-hydrostatic 7 km Global Mesoscale Simulation) W. Putman, A. da Silva, L. Ott, and A. Darmenov http://gmao.gsfc.nasa.gov/pubs/office_notes

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Short summary
Aerosols are tiny particles in the air that affect human health and climate. To study these particles, measurement networks across the world are used. Each site, however, can only observe the air directly above it, so how representative is this measurement for the wider environment? The sites of a well-known remote sensing network (AERONET) are examined and ranked according to their representativity. This should benefit researchers using this measurement network.
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