Articles | Volume 5, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5, 1697–1719, 2005
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5, 1697–1719, 2005

  08 Jul 2005

08 Jul 2005

Intercomparison of satellite retrieved aerosol optical depth over ocean during the period September 1997 to December 2000

G. Myhre2,1, F. Stordal2,1, M. Johnsrud1, D. J. Diner3, I. V. Geogdzhayev4, J. M. Haywood5, B. N. Holben6, T. Holzer-Popp7, A. Ignatov8, R. A. Kahn3, Y. J. Kaufman9, N. Loeb10, J. V. Martonchik3, M. I. Mishchenko4, N. R. Nalli8, L. A. Remer9, M. Schroedter-Homscheidt7, D. Tanré11, O. Torres12, and M. Wang13 G. Myhre et al.
  • 1Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), Kjeller, Norwayp
  • 2Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
  • 3Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena California, USA
  • 4NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, New York, USA
  • 5Met Office, Exeter, UK
  • 6Biospheric Sciences Branch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
  • 7Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR), Deutsches Fernerkundungsdatenzentrum (DFD), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
  • 8NOAA/NESDIS/Office of Research and Applications/Climate Research and Applications Division, Washington, D.C., USA
  • 9Laboratory for Atmospheres, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
  • 10Center for Atmospheric Sciences, Hampton University, Hampton, VA., USA
  • 11Laboratoire d’Optique Atmosphérique, Université de Lille/CNRS, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
  • 12Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • 13University of Maryland-Baltimore County, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA

Abstract. Monthly mean aerosol optical depth (AOD) over ocean is compared from a total of 9 aerosol retrievals during a 40 months period. Comparisons of AOD have been made both for the entire period and sub periods. We identify regions where there is large disagreement and good agreement between the aerosol satellite retrievals. Significant differences in AOD have been identified in most of the oceanic regions. Several analyses are performed including spatial correlation between the retrievals as well as comparison with AERONET data. During the 40 months period studied there have been several major aerosol field campaigns as well as events of high aerosol content. It is studied how the aerosol retrievals compare during such circumstances. The differences found in this study are larger than found in a previous study where 5 aerosol retrievals over an 8 months period were compared. Part of the differences can be explained by limitations and deficiencies in some of the aerosol retrievals. In particular, results in coastal regions are promising especially for aerosol retrievals from satellite instruments particularly suited for aerosol research. In depth analyses explaining the differences between AOD obtained in different retrievals are clearly needed. We limit this study to identifying differences and similarities and indicating possible sources that affect the quality of the retrievals. This is a necessary first step towards understanding the differences and improving the retrievals.

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