Aerosol Optical Properties Above Opaque Water Clouds Derived From The Caliop Version 4 Level 1 Data
1 Science Systems and Applications Inc. Hampton, VA 23666, USA
2 NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA 23681, USA
3 CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Aspendale, Victoria, 3195, Australia
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Published online: 7 June 2016
In a previous study we evaluated the above-cloud aerosol optical depth (AOD) retrieval at 532 nm in the CALIOP version 3 (V3) data products for two selected spatial domains along the Saharan dust transport pathway and African smoke transport pathway. In that study we rescaled the V3 level-1 (L1) data to compensate for known V3 calibration biases, and then derived aerosol intrinsic properties such as lidar ratio (Sa) and particulate depolarization ratio (PDR) for comparison with the CALIOP dust and smoke aerosol models. The calibration of the recently released version 4 (V4) CALIPSO L1 data product is significantly improved over V3. So in this paper we repeat our previous analysis using the new V4 L1 data. A comparison shows that our rescaled V3 and the new V4 data are different only by ~1% in the two selected spatial domains. The retrieved AOD values decrease by ~2.6% in both domains from V3 to V4. When the data is screened to exclude weakly scattering layers, the median Sa retrieved from the V4 L1 data in the dust transport region is reduced by 1.4 sr to 43.0±8.3 sr. The median Sa value in the smoke transport region is increased by 0.8 sr to 71.2±15.1 sr. The PDR values remain almost unchanged for the screened data.
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