Articles | Volume 12, issue 6
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 3269–3288, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-3269-2019

Special issue: Holistic Analysis of Aerosol in Littoral Environments - A...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 3269–3288, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-3269-2019

Research article 20 Jun 2019

Research article | 20 Jun 2019

Detecting layer height of smoke aerosols over vegetated land and water surfaces via oxygen absorption bands: hourly results from EPIC/DSCOVR in deep space

Xiaoguang Xu et al.

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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (27 May 2019) by Sebastian Schmidt
AR by Jun Wang on behalf of the Authors (30 May 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
Detecting aerosol layer height from space is challenging. The traditional method relies on active sensors such as lidar that provide the detailed vertical structure of the aerosol profile but is costly with limited spatial coverage (more than 1 year is needed for global coverage). Here we developed a passive remote sensing technique that uses backscattered sunlight to retrieve smoke aerosol layer height over both water and vegetated surfaces from a sensor 1.5 million kilometers from the Earth.