HETEAC: The Aerosol Classification Model for EarthCARE
1 Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), Leipzig, Germany
2 Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), De Bilt, The Netherlands
3 Free University of Berlin (FUB), Institute for Space Science, Berlin, Germany
4 European Space Agency (ESA), European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, The Netherlands
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Published online: 7 June 2016
We introduce the Hybrid End-To-End Aerosol Classification (HETEAC) model for the upcoming EarthCARE mission. The model serves as the common baseline for development, evaluation, and implementation of EarthCARE algorithms. It shall ensure the consistency of different aerosol products from the multi-instrument platform as well as facilitate the conform specification of broad-band optical properties necessary for the EarthCARE radiative closure efforts. The hybrid approach ensures the theoretical description of aerosol microphysics consistent with the optical properties of various aerosol types known from observations. The end-to-end model permits the uniform representation of aerosol types in terms of microphysical, optical and radiative properties.
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