Explicit and consistent aerosol correction for visible wavelength satellite cloud and nitrogen dioxide retrievals based on optical properties from a global aerosol analysis

Vasilkov, Alexander; Krotkov, Nickolay; Yang, Eun-Su; Lamsal, Lok; Joiner, Joanna; Castellanos, Patricia; Fasnacht, Zachary; Spurr, Robert

We discuss an explicit and consistent aerosol correction for cloud and inline-formulaNO2 retrievals that are based on the mixed Lambertian-equivalent reflectivity (MLER) concept. We apply the approach to data from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) for a case study over northeastern China. The cloud algorithm reports an effective cloud pressure, also known as cloud optical centroid pressure (OCP), from oxygen dimer (inline-formulaO2−O2) absorption at 477 nm after determining an effective cloud fraction (ECF) at 466 nm. The retrieved cloud products are then used as inputs to the standard OMI inline-formulaNO2 algorithm. A geometry-dependent Lambertian-equivalent reflectivity (GLER), which is a proxy of surface bidirectional reflectance, is used for the ground reflectivity in our implementation of the MLER approach. The current standard OMI cloud and inline-formulaNO2 algorithms implicitly account for aerosols by treating them as nonabsorbing particulate scatters within the cloud retrieval. To explicitly account for aerosol effects, we use a model of aerosol optical properties from a global aerosol assimilation system and radiative transfer computations. This approach allows us to account for aerosols within the OMI cloud and inline-formulaNO2 algorithms with relatively small changes. We compare the OMI cloud and inline-formulaNO2 retrievals with implicit and explicit aerosol corrections over our study area.

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Vasilkov, Alexander / Krotkov, Nickolay / Yang, Eun-Su / et al: Explicit and consistent aerosol correction for visible wavelength satellite cloud and nitrogen dioxide retrievals based on optical properties from a global aerosol analysis. 2021. Copernicus Publications.

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