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https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-3007-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-3007-2017
Research article
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21 Aug 2017
Research article |  | 21 Aug 2017

Assessment of nocturnal aerosol optical depth from lunar photometry at the Izaña high mountain observatory

África Barreto, Roberto Román, Emilio Cuevas, Alberto J. Berjón, A. Fernando Almansa, Carlos Toledano, Ramiro González, Yballa Hernández, Luc Blarel, Philippe Goloub, Carmen Guirado, and Margarita Yela

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This work involves a first analysis of the systematic errors observed in the AOD retrieved at nighttime using the Sun–sky–lunar CE318-T photometer. In this respect, this paper is a first attempt to correct the AOD uncertainties that currently affect the lunar photometry by means of an empirical regression model. We have detected and corrected an important bias correlated to the Moon's phase and zenith angles, especially at longer wavelength channels.