Articles | Volume 11, issue 9
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-5261-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-5261-2018
Research article
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19 Sep 2018
Research article |  | 19 Sep 2018

Quantifying the single-scattering albedo for the January 2017 Chile wildfires from simulations of the OMI absorbing aerosol index

Jiyunting Sun, J. Pepijn Veefkind, Peter van Velthoven, and Pieternel F. Levelt

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Near-UV AAI is a qualitative parameter detecting the elevated absorbing aerosol layer. A long-term AAI record of satellite observations has the potential to quantify aerosol absorption on a global scale. Our study presents the possibility of retrieving single-scattering albedo with OMI-measured AAI. The comparison with AERONET is satisfactory and further research will be on how the aerosol wavelength-dependent refractive index and aerosol profile affect the quantification of aerosol absorption.