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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 3043–3059, 2020

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

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 3043–3059, 2020

Research article 10 Jun 2020

Research article | 10 Jun 2020

A first comparison of TROPOMI aerosol layer height (ALH) to CALIOP data

Swadhin Nanda et al.

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This paper presents a first validation of the TROPOspheric Monitoring Instrument (TROPOMI) aerosol layer height (ALH) product, which is an estimate of the height of an aerosol layer using a spectrometer on board ESA's Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite mission. Comparison between the TROPOMI ALH product and co-located aerosol extinction heights from the CALIOP instrument on board NASA's CALIPSO mission show good agreement for selected cases over the ocean and large differences over land.