Technical note: Absorption aerosol optical depth components from AERONET observations of mixed dust plumes [post]

Sung-Kyun Shin, Matthias Tesche, Detlef Müller, Youngmin Noh
2018 unpublished
<p><strong>Abstract.</strong> Absorption aerosol optical depth (AAOD) as obtained from sun/sky photometer measurements provides a measure of the light-absorbing properties of the columnar aerosol loading. However, it is not an unambiguous, aerosol-type specific parameter, particularly if several types of absorbing aerosols, for instance black carbon (BC) and mineral dust, are present in a mixed aerosol plume. The contribution of mineral dust to total aerosol light-absorption
more » ... particularly important at UV wavelengths. In this study we refine a lidar-based technique for the separation of dust and non-dust aerosol types for the use with Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) direct sun and inversion products. We extend the methodology to retrieve AAOD related to non-dust aerosol (AAOD<sub>nd</sub>) and BC (AAOD<sub>BC</sub>). We test the method at selected AERONET sites that are frequently affected by aerosol plumes that contain a mixture of Saharan or Asian mineral dust and biomass-burning smoke or anthropogenic pollution, respectively. We find that aerosol optical depth (AOD) related to mineral dust as obtained with our methodology is frequently smaller than coarse-mode AOD. This suggests that the latter is not an ideal proxy for estimating the contribution of mineral dust to mixed dust plumes. We present the results of the AAOD<sub>BC</sub> retrieval for the selected AERONET sites and compare them to coincident values provided in the Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring System aerosol re-analysis. We find that modelled and AERONET AAOD<sub>BC</sub> are most consistent for Asian sites or at Saharan sites with strong local anthropogenic sources.</p>
doi:10.5194/amt-2018-311 fatcat:7no7nhg7h5aphp6eefgyjx6cri