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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 12 — Jun. 11, 2007
  • pp: 7423–7438

Satellite remote sensing reveals regional tropospheric aerosol trends

Michael I. Mishchenko and Igor V. Geogdzhayev  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 12, pp. 7423-7438 (2007)

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The Global Aerosol Climatology Project data product based on analyses of channel 1 and 2 AVHRR radiances shows significant regional changes in the retrieved optical thickness of tropospheric aerosols which had occurred between the volcano-free periods 1988–91 and 2002–05. These trends appear to be generally plausible, are consistent with extensive sets of long-term ground-based observations throughout the world, and may increase the trustworthiness of the recently identified downward trend in the global tropospheric aerosol load.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1100) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosol detection
(010.1110) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosols
(010.1310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric scattering
(010.7030) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Troposphere

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and ocean optics

Original Manuscript: April 9, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 22, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 24, 2007
Published: June 1, 2007

Michael I. Mishchenko and Igor V. Geogdzhayev, "Satellite remote sensing reveals regional tropospheric aerosol trends," Opt. Express 15, 7423-7438 (2007)

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