Articles | Volume 14, issue 12
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 7851–7871, 2021

Special issue: Aeolus data and their application (AMT/ACP/WCD inter-journal...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 7851–7871, 2021

Research article 16 Dec 2021

Research article | 16 Dec 2021

Aeolus L2A aerosol optical properties product: standard correct algorithm and Mie correct algorithm

Thomas Flament et al.

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This paper presents the main algorithms of the Aeolus Level 2 aerosol optical properties product. The processing chain was developed under contract with ESA. We show that the ALADIN instrument, although primarily designed to retrieve atmospheric winds, is also able to provide valuable information about aerosol and cloud optical properties. The algorithms are detailed, and validation on simulated and real examples is shown.