Articles | Volume 21, issue 13
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 10671–10687, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-10671-2021
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 10671–10687, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-10671-2021

Research article 14 Jul 2021

Research article | 14 Jul 2021

Airborne and ground-based measurements of aerosol optical depth of freshly emitted anthropogenic plumes in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region

Konstantin Baibakov et al.

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We find that the airborne measurements of the vertical extinction due to aerosols (aerosol optical depth, AOD) obtained in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region (AOSR) can significantly exceed ground-based values. This can have an effect on estimating the AOSR radiative impact and is relevant to satellite validation based on ground-based measurements. We also show that the AOD can marginally increase as the plumes are being transported away from the source and the new particles are being formed.
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