Articles | Volume 13, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1129–1155, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-1129-2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1129–1155, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-1129-2020

Research article 09 Mar 2020

Research article | 09 Mar 2020

Validation of MAX-DOAS retrievals of aerosol extinction, SO2, and NO2 through comparison with lidar, sun photometer, active DOAS, and aircraft measurements in the Athabasca oil sands region

Zoë Y. W. Davis et al.

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Here, we evaluate a ground-based remote sensing method (MAX-DOAS) for measuring total pollutant loading and vertical profiles of pollution in the lower atmosphere by comparing our method to a variety of other measurement methods (lidar, sunphotometer, active DOAS, and aircraft measurements). Measurements were made in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region in Alberta, Canada. The complex dataset provided a rare opportunity to evaluate the performance of MAX-DOAS under varying atmospheric conditions.