Articles | Volume 12, issue 12
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 6319–6340, 2019

Special issue: TROPOMI on Sentinel-5 Precursor: first year in operation (AMT/ACP...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 6319–6340, 2019

Research article 02 Dec 2019

Research article | 02 Dec 2019

The role of aerosol layer height in quantifying aerosol absorption from ultraviolet satellite observations

Jiyunting Sun et al.

Data sets

OMI/Aura Near UV Aerosol Optical Depth and Single Scattering Albedo 1-orbit L2 Swath 13x24 km V003 O. O. Torres

OMI/Aura Surface Reflectance Climatology L3 Global Gridded 0.5 degree x 0.5 degree V3 Q. Kleipool

MODIS Atmosphere L2 Aerosol Product. NASA MODIS Adaptive Processing System R. Levy, C. Hsu, et al.

Short summary
Single scattering albedo (SSA) is critical for reducing uncertainties in radiative forcing assessment. This paper presents two methods to retrieve SSA from satellite observations of the near-UV absorbing aerosol index (UVAI). The first is physically based radiative transfer simulations; the second is a statistically based machine learning algorithm. The result of the latter is encouraging. Both methods show that the ALH is necessary to quantitatively interpret aerosol absorption from UVAI.