Articles | Volume 6, issue 9
Research article
16 Sep 2013
Research article |  | 16 Sep 2013

Airborne sun photometer PLASMA: concept, measurements, comparison of aerosol extinction vertical profile with lidar

Y. Karol, D. Tanré, P. Goloub, C. Vervaerde, J. Y. Balois, L. Blarel, T. Podvin, A. Mortier, and A. Chaikovsky

Abstract. A 15-channel airborne sun-tracking photometer has been developed. The instrument provides aerosol optical depths over a wide spectral range (0.34–2.25 μm) with an accuracy (ΔAOD) of approximately 0.01. Taking measurements at different altitudes allow us to derive the aerosol extinction vertical profile. Thanks to the wide spectral range of the instrument, information on the aerosol size distribution along the vertical is also available.