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Intercomparison between multi-angle imaging spectroradiometer (MISR) and sunphotometer aerosol optical thickness in dust source regions over China: implications for satellite aerosol retrievals and radiative forcing calculations

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Sundar A. Christopher ,

Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, 35805-1912, US
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Jun Wang

Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, 35805-1912, US
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Abstract

The multi-angle imaging spectroradiometer (MISR) aerosol optical thickness (AOT) product (τMISR) was compared with sunphotometer AOT (τSP) at Dunhuang (40.09°N, 94.41°E), located near the Takalamakan and Gobi dust source regions in China, during March—November 2000. This study is unique because AOT measurements from the ground are not routinely available at or near dust source regions. The τMISR and τSP are highly correlated, with linear correlation coefficients (R) ranging from 0.85 to 0.95 depending on the different comparison criteria used to assess the MISR retrievals. With one exception where τMISR shows large differences (>0.3) when compared with τSP during the passage of a dust front, all other collocated τSPMISR pairs are highly correlated with R > 0.9 and with root-mean-square error of 0.06 when retrieval conditions are favourable. Overall, τMISR systemically over-estimate τSP by 0.05, but they all fall within the predicted uncertainties (0.05 or 20% of τSP, whichever is larger). Due to diurnal change of AOT, the difference between daily averaged τSP values and τMISR reported during MISR overpass time is about 0.09. We discuss the implications of these results for satellite aerosol retrievals and radiative forcing studies.

How to Cite: Christopher, S.A. and Wang, J., 2004. Intercomparison between multi-angle imaging spectroradiometer (MISR) and sunphotometer aerosol optical thickness in dust source regions over China: implications for satellite aerosol retrievals and radiative forcing calculations. Tellus B: Chemical and Physical Meteorology, 56(5), pp.451–456. DOI: http://doi.org/10.3402/tellusb.v56i5.16462
  Published on 01 Jan 2004
 Accepted on 23 Apr 2004            Submitted on 3 Feb 2004

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