Articles | Volume 8, issue 12
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 3199–3214, 2008
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 3199–3214, 2008

  25 Jun 2008

25 Jun 2008

Intercomparison between aerosol optical properties by a PREDE skyradiometer and CIMEL sunphotometer over Beijing, China

H. Che1, G. Shi2, A. Uchiyama3, A. Yamazaki3, H. Chen4, P. Goloub5, and X. Zhang1 H. Che et al.
  • 1Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry (LAC), Centre for Atmosphere Watch and Services (CAWAS), Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences (CAMS), CMA, Beijing, 100081, China
  • 2State Key Laboratory of Numerical Modeling for Atmospheric Sciences and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (LASG), Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100029, China
  • 3Japan Meteorological Agency, Meteorological Research Institute, 1-1 Nagamine, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0052, Japan
  • 4Laboratory for Middle Atmosphere and Global Environment Observation (LAGEO), Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100029, China
  • 5Laboratoire d'Optique Amosphérique, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq, France

Abstract. This study compares the aerosol optical and physical properties simultaneously measured by a SKYNET PREDE skyradiometer and AERONET/PHOTONS CIMEL sunphotometer at a location in Beijing, China. Aerosol optical properties (AOP) including the Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD), Angstrom exponent (α), volume size distribution, single scattering albedo (ω) and the complex refractive index were compared. The difference between the two types of instruments was less than 1.3% for the AOD and less than 4% for the single scattering albedo below the wavelength of 670 nm. There is a difference between the volume size distribution patterns derived from two instruments, which is probably due to difference of measurement protocols and inversion algorithms for the respective instruments.

AOP under three distinct weather conditions (background, haze, and dust days) over Beijing were compared by using the retrieved skyradiometer and sunphotometer data combined with MODIS satellite results, pyranometer measurements, PM10 measurements, and backtrajectory analysis. The results show that the significant difference of AOP under background, haze, and dust days over Beijing is probably due to different aerosol components under distinct weather conditions.

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