Articles | Volume 8, issue 6
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 2625–2638, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-2625-2015
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 2625–2638, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-2625-2015

Research article 29 Jun 2015

Research article | 29 Jun 2015

Aerosol retrieval from multiangle, multispectral photopolarimetric measurements: importance of spectral range and angular resolution

L. Wu4,1, O. Hasekamp1, B. van Diedenhoven3,2, and B. Cairns3 L. Wu et al.
  • 1SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, Sorbonnelaan 2, 3584 CA Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • 2Columbia University, Center for Climate System Research, New York, NY, USA
  • 3NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, NY, USA
  • 4School of Computer and Information, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, Anhui 230009, China

Abstract. We investigated the importance of spectral range and angular resolution for aerosol retrieval from multiangle photopolarimetric measurements over land. For this purpose, we use an extensive set of simulated measurements for different spectral ranges and angular resolutions and subsets of real measurements of the airborne Research Scanning Polarimeter (RSP) carried out during the PODEX and SEAC4RS campaigns over the continental USA. Aerosol retrievals performed from RSP measurements show good agreement with ground-based AERONET measurements for aerosol optical depth (AOD), single scattering albedo (SSA) and refractive index. Furthermore, we found that inclusion of shortwave infrared bands (1590 and/or 2250 nm) significantly improves the retrieval of AOD, SSA and coarse mode microphysical properties. However, accuracies of the retrieved aerosol properties do not improve significantly when more than five viewing angles are used in the retrieval.