Articles | Volume 13, issue 6
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 3061–3079, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-3061-2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 3061–3079, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-3061-2020

Research article 11 Jun 2020

Research article | 11 Jun 2020

A hybrid method for reconstructing the historical evolution of aerosol optical depth from sunshine duration measurements

William Wandji Nyamsi et al.

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AR by William Wandji on behalf of the Authors (31 Mar 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (27 Apr 2020) by Andrew Sayer
AR by William Wandji on behalf of the Authors (30 Apr 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (05 May 2020) by Andrew Sayer
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This paper proposes a novel and accurate method for estimating and reconstructing aerosol optical depth from sunshine duration measurements under cloud-free conditions at any place and time since the late 19th century. The method performs very well when compared to AErosol RObotic NETwork measurements and operates an efficient detection of signals from massive volcanic eruptions. Reconstructed long-term aerosol optical depths are in agreement with the dimming/brightening phenomenon.