Articles | Volume 13, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 3873–3892, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-3873-2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 3873–3892, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-3873-2020

Research article 17 Jul 2020

Research article | 17 Jul 2020

Application of low-cost fine particulate mass monitors to convert satellite aerosol optical depth to surface concentrations in North America and Africa

Carl Malings et al.

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AR by Carl Malings on behalf of the Authors (26 May 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (15 Jun 2020) by Andrew Sayer
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ED: Publish as is (22 Jun 2020) by Andrew Sayer
AR by Carl Malings on behalf of the Authors (26 Jun 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
Most air quality information comes from accurate but expensive instruments. These can be supplemented by lower-cost sensors to increase the density of ground data and expand monitoring into less well-instrumented areas, like sub-Saharan Africa. In this paper, we look at how low-cost sensor data can be combined with satellite information on air quality (which requires ground data to properly calibrate measurements) and assess the benefits these low-cost sensors provide in this context.