Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 1405–1423, 2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 1405–1423, 2021

Research article 24 Feb 2021

Research article | 24 Feb 2021

A new measurement approach for validating satellite-based above-cloud aerosol optical depth

Charles K. Gatebe et al.


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AR by Katja Gänger on behalf of the Authors (22 Oct 2020)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (24 Nov 2020) by Sebastian Schmidt
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (06 Dec 2020)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (22 Dec 2020) by Sebastian Schmidt
Short summary
The retrieval of aerosol parameters from passive satellite instruments in cloudy scenes is very challenging, partly because clouds and cloud-related processes significantly modify the aerosol properties and the 3D radiative effects. This study shows simultaneous retrieval of above-cloud aerosol optical depth and aerosol-corrected cloud optical depth from airborne measurements, thereby demonstrating a novel approach for assessing satellite retrievals of aerosols above clouds.