Intercomparison of Satellite Retrieved Aerosol Optical Depth over the Ocean

Gunnar Myhre, Frode Stordal, Mona Johnsrud, Alexander Ignatov, Michael I. Mishchenko, Igor V. Geogdzhayev, Didier Tanré, Jean-Luc Deuzé, Philippe Goloub, Teruyuki Nakajima, Akiko Higurashi, Omar Torres (+1 others)
2004 Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences  
For an 8-month period aerosol optical depth (AOD) is compared, derived over global oceans with five different retrieval algorithms applied to four satellite instruments flown on board three satellite platforms. The Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) was flown on board NOAA-14, the Ocean Color and Temperature Scanner (OCTS) and the Polarization and Directionality of the Earth's Reflectances (POLDER) on board the Advanced Earth Observing Satellite (ADEOS), and the Total Ozone
more » ... Spectrometer (TOMS) on board the Earth Probe satellites. The aerosol data are presented on the same format and converted to the same wavelength in the comparison and can therefore be a useful tool in validation of global aerosol models, in particular models that can be driven with meteorological data for the November 1996 to June 1997 period studied here. Large uncertainties in the global mean AOD are found. There is at least a factor of 2 difference between the AOD from the retrievals. The largest uncertainties are found in the Southern Hemisphere, and the smallest differences mostly near the continents in the Northern Hemisphere. The largest relative differences are probably caused by differences in cloud screening.
doi:10.1175/1520-0469(2004)061<0499:iosrao>;2 fatcat:2kiattwp3zadpgaw75acukhzkq