Maritime Aerosol Network as a component of Aerosol Robotic Network.

Smirnov, A., Holben, B.N., Slutsker, I., Giles, D.M., McClain, C.R., Eck, T.F., Sakerin, S.M., Macke, Andreas, Croot, Peter, Zibordi, G., Quinn, P.K., Sciare, J., Kinne, S., Harvey, M., Smyth, T.J., Piketh, S., Zielinski, T., Proshutinsky, A., Goes, J.L., Nelson, N.B., Larouche, P., Radionov, V.F., Goloub, P., Krishna Moorthy, K., Matarrese, R., Robertson, E.J. and Jourdin, F. (2009) Maritime Aerosol Network as a component of Aerosol Robotic Network. Open Access Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 114 . D06204. DOI 10.1029/2008JD011257.

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Abstract

The paper presents the current status of the Maritime Aerosol Network (MAN), which has been developed as a component of the Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET). MAN deploys Microtops handheld Sun photometers and utilizes the calibration procedure and data processing (Version 2) traceable to AERONET. A web site dedicated to the MAN activity is described. A brief historical perspective is given to aerosol optical depth (AOD) measurements over the oceans. A short summary of the existing data, collected on board ships of opportunity during the NASA Sensor Intercomparison and Merger for Biological and Interdisciplinary Oceanic Studies (SIMBIOS) Project is presented. Globally averaged oceanic aerosol optical depth (derived from island-based AERONET measurements) at 500 nm is similar to 0.11 and Angstrom parameter (computed within spectral range 440-870 nm) is calculated to be similar to 0.6. First results from the cruises contributing to the Maritime Aerosol Network are shown. MAN ship-based aerosol optical depth compares well to simultaneous island and near-coastal AERONET site AOD.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: aerosol optical depth; maritime aerosol; network
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-CH Chemical Oceanography
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-ME Maritime Meteorology
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1029/2008JD011257
ISSN: 2169-8996
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2009 07:58
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 12:50
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/6952

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