Articles | Volume 12, issue 6
Research article
17 Jun 2019
Research article |  | 17 Jun 2019

Characterization and application of artificial light sources for nighttime aerosol optical depth retrievals using the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite Day/Night Band

Jianglong Zhang, Shawn L. Jaker, Jeffrey S. Reid, Steven D. Miller, Jeremy Solbrig, and Travis D. Toth

Data sets

The NOAA Comprehensive Large Array-Data Stewardship System NOAA

Aerosol Robotic Network NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Atmospheric Science Data Center NASA Langley Research Center

Short summary
Using nighttime observations from the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Day/Night band (DNB), the characteristics of artificial light sources are evaluated as functions of observation conditions, and incremental improvements are documented on nighttime aerosol retrievals on a regional scale. Results from the study indicate the potential of this method to begin filling critical gaps in diurnal aerosol optical thickness information at both regional and global scales.