Articles | Volume 20, issue 15
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 9281–9310, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-9281-2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 9281–9310, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-9281-2020

Research article 06 Aug 2020

Research article | 06 Aug 2020

Assessment of natural and anthropogenic aerosol air pollution in the Middle East using MERRA-2, CAMS data assimilation products, and high-resolution WRF-Chem model simulations

Alexander Ukhov et al.

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The data assimilation products MERRA2 and CAMS are tested over the Middle East (ME) against in situ and satellite observations. For the first time, we compared the new MODIS aerosol optical depth (AOD) retrieval, MAIAC, with the Deep Blue and Dark Target MODIS AOD. We conducted 2-year high-resolution WRF-Chem simulations with the most accurate OMI-HTAP SO2 emissions to estimate the contribution of natural and anthropogenic aerosols to the PM pollution in the ME.
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