Remote sensing of aerosols by using polarized, directional and spectral measurements within the A-Train: the PARASOL mission
- 1Laboratoire d'Optique Atmosphérique, UMR8518, CNRS-INSU, Université Lille 1, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
- 2LSCE, CEA, Gif sur Yvette, France
- 3Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, Toulouse, France
Abstract. Instruments dedicated to aerosol monitoring are recently available and the POLDER (POLarization and Directionality of the Earth's Reflectances) instrument on board the PARASOL (Polarization & Anisotropy of Reflectances for Atmospheric Sciences coupled with Observations from a Lidar) mission is one of them. By measuring the spectral, angular and polarization properties of the radiance at the top of the atmosphere, in coordination with the other A-Train instruments, PARASOL provides the aerosol optical depths (AOD) as well as several optical and microphysical aerosol properties. The instrument, the inversion schemes and the list of aerosol parameters are described. Examples of retrieved aerosol parameters are provided as well as innovative approaches and further inversion techniques.