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Comparison of the radiative properties and direct radiative effect of aerosols from a global aerosol model and remote sensing data over ocean

Authors:

Gunnar Myhre ,

Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo; Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo; Norwegian Institute for Air Research, NO
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Nicolas Bellouin,

Met Office, GB
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Tore F. Berglen,

Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, NO
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Terje K. Berntsen,

Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo; Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo, NO
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Olivier Boucher,

Met Office, GB
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Alf Grini,

Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, NO; Meteo-France (CNRM/GMEI), FR
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Ivar S. A. Isaksen,

Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, NO
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Mona Johnsrud,

Norwegian Institute for Air Research, NO
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Michael I . Mishchenko,

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, US
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Frode Stordal,

Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo; Norwegian Institute for Air Research, NO
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Didier Tanré

Laboratoire d’Optique Atmosphérique, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, FR
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Abstract

A global aerosol transport model (Oslo CTM2) with main aerosol components included is compared to five satellite retrievals of aerosol optical depth (AOD) and one data set of the satellite-derived radiative effect of aerosols. The model is driven with meteorological data for the period November 1996 to June 1997 which is the time period investigated in this study. The modelled AOD is within the range of the AOD from the various satellite retrievals over oceanic regions. The direct radiative effect of the aerosols as well as the atmospheric absorption by aerosols are in both cases found to be of the order of 20 Wm-2 in certain regions in both the satellite-derived and the modelled estimates as a mean over the period studied. Satellite and model data exhibit similar patterns of aerosol optical depth, radiative effect of aerosols, and atmospheric absorption of the aerosols. Recently published results show that global aerosol models have a tendency to underestimate the magnitude of the clear-sky direct radiative effect of aerosols over ocean compared to satellite-derived estimates. However, this is only to a small extent the case with the Oslo CTM2. The global mean direct radiative effect of aerosols over ocean is modelled with the Oslo CTM2 to be –5.5 Wm-2 and the atmospheric aerosol absorption 1.5 Wm-2.

How to Cite: Myhre, G., Bellouin, N., Berglen, T.F., Berntsen, T.K., Boucher, O., Grini, A., Isaksen, I.S.A., Johnsrud, M., Mishchenko, M.I., Stordal, F. and Tanré, D., 2007. Comparison of the radiative properties and direct radiative effect of aerosols from a global aerosol model and remote sensing data over ocean. Tellus B: Chemical and Physical Meteorology, 59(1), pp.115–129. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0889.2006.00238.x
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 Accepted on 10 Jul 2006            Submitted on 10 Jan 2006

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