30 Jun 2021

30 Jun 2021

Review status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal AMT.

Aeolus L2A Aerosol Optical Properties Product: Standard Correct Algorithm and Mie Correct Algorithm

Thomas Flament1, Dimitri Trapon1, Adrien Lacour1, Alain Dabas1, Frithjof Ehlers2, and Dorit Huber3 Thomas Flament et al.
  • 1CNRM, Université de Toulouse, Météo-France, CNRS, Toulouse, France
  • 2ESA/ESTEC, Keplerlaan, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
  • 3DoRIT, Munich, Germany

Abstract. Aeolus carries ALADIN, the first High Spectral Resolution Lidar (HSRL) in space. Although ALADIN was optimized to measure winds, its two measurement channels can also be used to derive optical properties of atmospheric particles, including a direct retrieval of the lidar ratio.

This paper presents the two main algorithms of the optical properties product called Level 2A product, as they are implemented in version 3.12 of the processor, corresponding to the data labelled Baseline 12. The theoretical basis is the same as in Flamant et al. (2008). Here, we also show the in orbit performance of these algorithms. We also explain the adaptation of the calibration method, which is needed to cope with unforeseen variations of the instrument radiometric performance due to the in-orbit strain of the primary mirror under varying thermal conditions. Then we discuss the limitations of the algorithms and future improvements.

We demonstrate that the L2A product provides valuable information about airborne particles, in particular we demonstrate the capacity to retrieve a useful lidar ratio from Aeolus observations. This is illustrated on a case of Saharan dust emission, observed in June 2020.

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Short summary
This manuscript presents the main algorithms of the Aeolus level 2 aerosol optical properties product. The processing chain was developed under contract with ESA. We show that the ALADIN instrument, although primarily designed to retrieve atmospheric winds, is also able to provide valuable information about aerosol and clouds optical properties. The algorithms are detailed and validation on simulated and real examples are shown.