Characterization of atmospheric aerosols for a long-range transport of biomass-burning from North America over the Iberian Peninsula
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This work presents the characterization of atmospheric aerosols performed over the Iberian Peninsula in the framework of EARLINET for a special episode on 20th August 2007. The assessment of aerosol radiative impact requires an accurate determination of their optical and microphysical properties, which are presented here for a variety of instrumentation including passive remote sensors, as sun-photometers, and active systems both ground-based and on board CALIPSO satellite. Measurements highlight the presence of a multilayered structure with a well-defined planetary boundary layer and biomass-particles in elevated layers, extending up to 7 km asl over the central Iberian Peninsula, and even higher, up to 9 km asl, at the southeastern part of the peninsula. Lidar computations reveal a contribution to the aerosol optical depth around 10-40% for these biomass-burning particles, with backscatter-related Angströ
CitationGuerrero Rascado, J. [et al.]. Characterization of atmospheric aerosols for a long-range transport of biomass-burning from North America over the Iberian Peninsula. A: International Laser Radar Conference. "25th International Laser Radar Conference (ILRC25) (Conference on Advances in Lidar Components and Techniques).". St. Petersburg: 2010, p. 580-583.