Articles | Volume 22, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 1425–1451, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-1425-2022

Special issue: Aeolus data and their application (AMT/ACP/WCD inter-journal...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 1425–1451, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-1425-2022
Research article
27 Jan 2022
Research article | 27 Jan 2022

Statistical validation of Aeolus L2A particle backscatter coefficient retrievals over ACTRIS/EARLINET stations on the Iberian Peninsula

Jesús Abril-Gago et al.

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A validation of Aeolus reprocessed optical products is carried out via an intercomparison with ground-based measurements taken at several ACTRIS/EARLINET stations in western Europe. Case studies and a statistical analysis are presented. The stations are located in a hot spot between Africa and the rest of Europe, which guarantees a variety of aerosol types, from mineral dust layers to continental/anthropogenic aerosol, and allows us to test Aeolus performance under different scenarios.
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