Aerosol closure study by lidar, Sun photometry, and airborne optical counters during DAMOCLES filed campaign at El Arenosillo sounding station, Spain
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We present a comparison of aerosol properties derived from in situ and remote sensing instruments during DAMOCLES campaign, aimed at investigating the equivalence between the instrumentation and methodologies employed by several Spanish groups to study atmospheric aerosols at a regional background site. The complete set of instruments available during this closure experiment allowed collecting a valuable high-resolution aerosol measurement data set. The data set was augmented with airborne in situ measurements carried out in order to characterize aerosol particles during the midday of 29 June 2006. This work is focused on aerosol measurements using different techniques of high-quality instruments (ground-based remote sensing and aircraft in situ) and their comparisons to characterize the aerosol vertical profiles. Our results indicate that the variability between the detected aerosol layers was negligible in terms of aerosol optical properties and size distributions. Relative differences in aerosol extinction coefficient profiles were less than 20% at 355 and 532 nm and less than 30% at 1064 nm, in the region with high aerosol concentration. Absolute differences in aerosol optical depth (AOD) were below 0.01 at 532 and 1064 nm and less than 0.02 at 355 nm, less than the uncertainties assumed in the AOD obtained from elastic lidar. Columnar values of the lidar ratio revealed some discrepancies with respect to the in situ aircraft measurements, caused fundamentally by the lack of information in the lowest part of the boundary layer.
CitationGuerrero Rascado, J., Andrey, J., Sicard, M., Comeron, A., Pujadas, M., Molero, F., Rocadenbosch, F., Pedrós, R., Serrano-Vargas, O., Gil, M., Olmo, F., Lyamani, H., Navas-Guzman, F., Alados, L. Aerosol closure study by lidar, Sun photometry, and airborne optical counters during DAMOCLES filed campaign at El Arenosillo sounding station, Spain. "Journal of geophysical research", 26 Gener 2011, vol. 116, núm. D02209, p. 1-14.
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