Articles | Volume 9, issue 6
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, Pawan Gupta, Bradley T. Zavodsky, and Kevin M. McGrath

Data sets

HYSPLIT Trajectory Model ARL

Level 1B CALIOP Lidar Calibrated and Geo-located Profiles Version 3.30 (CAL_LID_L1-ValStage1-V3-30) ASDC

NASA: Level 2 Aerosol, 5-Min Swath 10 km data set (Terra – MOD04_L2, Aqua – MYD04_L2) NASA

Level 1.5 cloud-screened aerosol optical depth (AOD) NASA

VIIRS Environmental Data Record (VIIRS_EDR) NOAA

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.