Articles | Volume 9, issue 6
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 2463–2482, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-2463-2016
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 2463–2482, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-2463-2016

Research article 03 Jun 2016

Research article | 03 Jun 2016

Monitoring and tracking the trans-Pacific transport of aerosols using multi-satellite aerosol optical depth composites

Aaron R. Naeger et al.

Data sets

HYSPLIT Trajectory Model ARL http://ready.arl.noaa.gov/HYSPLIT.php

Level 1B CALIOP Lidar Calibrated and Geo-located Profiles Version 3.30 (CAL_LID_L1-ValStage1-V3-30) ASDC https://eosweb.larc.nasa.gov/

NASA: Level 2 Aerosol, 5-Min Swath 10 km data set (Terra – MOD04_L2, Aqua – MYD04_L2) NASA https://lance.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/data_products/

Level 1.5 cloud-screened aerosol optical depth (AOD) NASA http://aeronet.gsfc.nasa.gov/

VIIRS Environmental Data Record (VIIRS_EDR) NOAA http://www.class.ncdc.noaa.gov/saa/products/catSearch

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Short summary
In this study, we merge aerosol information from multiple satellite sensors on board low-earth orbiting (LEO) and geostationary (GEO) platforms in order to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the spatial distribution of aerosols compared to when only using single sensors as is commonly done. Our results show that merging aerosol information from LEO and GEO platforms can be very useful, which paves the way for applications to the more advanced next-generation of satellites.