Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 733–741, 2009
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 733–741, 2009

  29 Jan 2009

29 Jan 2009

Intercomparison of Aerosol Optical Depth from Brewer Ozone spectrophotometers and CIMEL sunphotometers measurements

A. Cheymol1, L. Gonzalez Sotelino1, K. S. Lam2, J. Kim3, V. Fioletov4, A. M. Siani5, and H. De Backer1 A. Cheymol et al.
  • 1Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium, Dept. of Observations, Avenue Circulaire 3, 1180 Brussels, Belgium
  • 2Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Dept. of Civil and Structural Engineering, Hong Kong
  • 3Yonsei University, IEAA BK21 Program, Global Environment Laboratory, Department of Atmospheric Science, Seoul, Korea
  • 4Environnement Canada, Experimental Studies Section, Science and Technology Branch, 4905 Dufferin Street, M3H 5T4, Toronto, ON, Canada,
  • 5Department of Physics, University of Rome "La Sapienza", P. le Aldo Moro, 200185 Rome, Italy

Abstract. The Langley plot method applied on the Brewer Ozone measurements can provide accurate Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) in the UV-B. We present seven intercomparisons between AOD retrieved from Brewer Ozone measurements at 320 nm and AOD measured by CIMEL sunphotometer at 340 nm or 440 nm (shifted to 320 nm in using the Angström's law), which are stored in the international AERONET database. Only the intercomparisons between co-located instruments can be used to validate the Langley Plot Method applied to the Brewer measurements: in this case, all the correlation coefficients are above 0.82. If the instruments are not at the same site, the correlation between the AOD retrieved by both instruments is much lower. In applying the Angström's law the intercomparison is improved compared to previous study.

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