Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 1405–1423, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-1405-2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 1405–1423, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-1405-2021

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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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.