Articles | Volume 20, issue 13
Research article
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10 Jul 2020
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 10 Jul 2020

Smoke of extreme Australian bushfires observed in the stratosphere over Punta Arenas, Chile, in January 2020: optical thickness, lidar ratios, and depolarization ratios at 355 and 532 nm

Kevin Ohneiser, Albert Ansmann, Holger Baars, Patric Seifert, Boris Barja, Cristofer Jimenez, Martin Radenz, Audrey Teisseire, Athina Floutsi, Moritz Haarig, Andreas Foth, Alexandra Chudnovsky, Ronny Engelmann, Félix Zamorano, Johannes Bühl, and Ulla Wandinger

Data sets

PollyNET lidar data base PollyNet http://polly.rsd. 20

Data base of the 8th of the Himawari geostationary weather satellites operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency Himawari

Cloud top temperatures based on Himawari-8 cloud observations Himawari-Kachelmann-Wetter top-alarm-10min/20200123-1150z.html

MODIS aerosol optical depth information, Combined Dark Target, Deep Blue AOT at 550 nm MODIS

Short summary
Unique lidar observations of a strong perturbation in stratospheric aerosol conditions in the Southern Hemisphere caused by the extreme Australian bushfires in 2019–2020 are presented. One of the main goals of this article is to provide the CALIPSO and Aeolus spaceborne lidar science teams with basic input parameters (lidar ratios, depolarization ratios) for a trustworthy documentation of this record-breaking event.
Final-revised paper