Articles | Volume 13, issue 8
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 4261–4276, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-4261-2020

Special issue: New developments in atmospheric limb measurements: instruments,...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 4261–4276, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-4261-2020

Research article 13 Aug 2020

Research article | 13 Aug 2020

Evaluation of a method for converting Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) extinction coefficients to backscatter coefficients for intercomparison with lidar observations

Travis N. Knepp et al.

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Two common measurements that represent atmospheric aerosol loading are the backscatter and extinction coefficients. Measuring backscatter and extinction coefficients requires different viewing geometries and fundamentally different instrument systems. Further, these coefficients are not directly comparable. We present an algorithm to convert SAGE-observed extinction coefficients to backscatter coefficients for intercomparison with lidar backscatter products, followed by evaluation of the method.