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Volume 16, issue 13
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 8609–8642, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-8609-2016
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Special issue: CHemistry and AeRosols Mediterranean EXperiments (ChArMEx)...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 8609–8642, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-8609-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
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Research article 15 Jul 2016

Research article | 15 Jul 2016

Mediterranean intense desert dust outbreaks and their vertical structure based on remote sensing data

Antonis Gkikas et al.

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This study presents the 3-D structures of intense Mediterranean desert dust outbreaks, over the period Mar 2000–Feb 2013. The desert dust (DD) episodes are identified through an objective and dynamic algorithm, which utilizes satellite retrievals (MODIS, TOMS and OMI) as inputs. The performance of the satellite algorithm is evaluated vs. AERONET and PM10 data. The geometrical characteristics of the identified DD episodes are analyzed using the collocated CALIOP profiles as a complementary tool.
This study presents the 3-D structures of intense Mediterranean desert dust outbreaks, over the...
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