Aerosol retrieval from multiangle multispectral photopolarimetric measurements: importance of spectral range and angular resolution

L. Wu, O. Hasekamp, B. van Diedenhoven, B. Cairns
2015 Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussions  
We investigated the importance of spectral range and angular resolution for aerosol retrieval from multi-angle photo-polarimetric measurements over land. For this purpose, we use an extensive set of simulated measurements for different spectral ranges and angular resolutions and subsets of real measurements of the airborne Research Scanning Polarimeter (RSP) carried out during the PODEX and SEAC<sup>4</sup>RS campaigns over continental US. Aerosol retrievals performed from RSP measurements show
more » ... good agreement with ground based AERONET measurements for AOT, SSA, and refractive index. Furthermore, we found that inclusion of shortwave infrared bands (1590 and/or 2250 nm) significantly improves the retrieval of AOT, SSA and coarse mode microphysical properties. On the other hand, retrieval accuracies on aerosol properties do not improve significantly if more than 10 viewing angles are used in the retrieval.
doi:10.5194/amtd-8-2793-2015 fatcat:ampsd3m3czdcdcgsphxegzsbli