Aerosol radiative effects with dual view AOD retrievals
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.
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