Journal cover Journal topic
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 4451-4475, 2017
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Research article
03 Apr 2017
Comparing multiple model-derived aerosol optical properties to spatially collocated ground-based and satellite measurements
Ilissa B. Ocko and Paul A. Ginoux

Data sets

Aerosol Robotic Network, Version 2 Direct Sun Algorithm
NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
Cloud-Aerosol LIdar with Orthogonal Polarization, CAL_LID_L3_APro_AllSky-Standard-V3-00
NASA, Atmospheric Science Data Center
NASA, Atmospheric Science Data Center
MODIS Atmosphere L3 Monthly Product
S. Platnick et al.
GFDL Data Portal
NOAA, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Publications Copernicus
Short summary
Human-made liquid and solid particles (aerosols) are abundant in the atmosphere and play a central role in climate change. Computer models are essential tools for understanding how aerosols impact the climate, but it is critical to evaluate a model's performance by comparing with observations. Here we analyze aerosol properties in two world-renowned models by comparing with ground-based and satellite instrument data. We find that comparisons with all available data is valuable and essential.
Human-made liquid and solid particles (aerosols) are abundant in the atmosphere and play a...