Articles | Volume 11, issue 6
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 3263–3280, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-3263-2018
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 3263–3280, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-3263-2018

Research article 07 Jun 2018

Research article | 07 Jun 2018

A weighted least squares approach to retrieve aerosol layer height over bright surfaces applied to GOME-2 measurements of the oxygen A band for forest fire cases over Europe

Swadhin Nanda et al.

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Short summary
An approach to estimate the height of aerosol plumes over land from satellite measurements of the oxygen A band is proposed. The method, termed dynamic scaling, forces the retrieval to use spectral points that contain more height information. The method is tested in a synthetic environment as well as with GOME-2A and GOME-2B measurements of wildfire plumes over Europe, with very encouraging results. This method can be easily applied to other aerosol height algorithms using least squares.