Articles | Volume 14, issue 5
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 3449–3468, 2021

Special issue: Satellite and ground-based remote sensing of aerosol optical,...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 3449–3468, 2021

Research article 12 May 2021

Research article | 12 May 2021

A Dark Target research aerosol algorithm for MODIS observations over eastern China: increasing coverage while maintaining accuracy at high aerosol loading

Yingxi R. Shi et al.

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