25 Nov 2021
 | 25 Nov 2021
Status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal ACP.

Aerosol radiative effects with dual view AOD retrievals

Stefan Kinne, Peter North, Kevin Pearson, and Thomas Popp

Abstract. Seasonal maps of dual view retrieved mid-visible AOD and AODf for four selected years (1998, 2008, 2019, 2020) are introduced and assessed in comparisons to MODIS retrievals and general data of an aerosol climatology. Due to different sensor capabilities (ATSR-2, AATSR and SLSTR) there are still unresolved inconsistencies so that decadal regional trends are not as detectable as with MODIS retrievals. SLSTR retrieval, however, agree with MODIS retrievals that 2020 Covid impacts on AOD values (via comparisons to the pre-COVID 2019 reference) are at best minor and secondary to natural anomalies by wildfires and dust. In radiative transfer applications the dual view AOD data for the four years are processed in the MAC climatology environment to determine aerosol associated radiative effects for total aerosol and for anthropogenic aerosol. Even though the calculated radiative effects are affected by retrieval AOD retrieval tendencies, climate relevant TOA net-flux changes are consistent to result with AOD data from other satellite sensors and a general climatology: −0.9 W/m2 for total aerosol with a significant greenhouse effect and −0.8 and −0.2 W/m2 for anthropogenic aerosol with and without indirect effects, respectively. Aside from global averages, seasonal maps highlight the diversity of regional and seasonal radiative effects.

Stefan Kinne, Peter North, Kevin Pearson, and Thomas Popp

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  • RC1: 'Comment on acp-2021-954', Anonymous Referee #1, 14 Dec 2021
  • RC2: 'Review of Kinne et al.', Anonymous Referee #2, 05 Jan 2022
Stefan Kinne, Peter North, Kevin Pearson, and Thomas Popp
Stefan Kinne, Peter North, Kevin Pearson, and Thomas Popp


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Short summary
To monitor aerosol properties and quantify aerosol climate impacts, ESA's Climate Change Initiative (CCI) supported the retrieval development for their dual-view sensors. Global maps of monthly AOD and AODf data are presented for 4 years: 1998 using ATSR-2, 2008 using AATSR and 2019 and 2020 using SLSTR sensor data. Application goals of this paper are to address decadal aerosol trends, to identify possible Covid-19 impacts in 2020 and to associate retrieved AOD with climate impacts.