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Geogdzhayev and Mishchenko 2002

Geogdzhayev, I.V., and M.I. Mishchenko, 2002: Extending GACP aerosol climatology beyond NOAA-9 AVHRR lifetime. In Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere VI, 17 Sep. 2003, Toulouse, France, Proc. SPIE, vol. 4539, pp. 134, doi:10.1117/12.454422.

We present an improved version of GACP (Global Aerosol Climatology Project) algorithm which uses channel 1 and 2 radiances of the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) to retrieve aerosol optical thickness and Angstrom exponent over the ocean. We specifically discuss recent changes in the algorithm as well as the results of a sensitivity study analyzing the effect of several sources of retrieval errors not addressed previously. Uncertainties in the AVHRR radiance calibration (particularly in the deep- space count value) may be among the major factors potentially limiting the retrieval accuracy. On the other hand, the performance of two-channel algorithms weakly depends on a specific choice of the aerosol size distribution function. The updated algorithm is applied to a 10-year period of observations (July 1983 - Aug 1994), which includes data from NOAA-7, NOAA-9 (February 1985 - November 1988),and NOAA-11 satellites. The results are posted on the world wide web at http:gacp.giss.nasa.gov/retrievals. The NOAA-9 record shows no discernable long-term trends in the global and hemisphere averages of the optical thickness and Angstrom exponent. On the other hand, there is a discontinuity in the Angstrom exponent values derived from NOAA-9 and NOAA-11 data and a significant temporal trend in the NOAA-11 record. The latter are unlikely to be related to the Pinatubo eruption and may be indicative of a serious calibration problem.

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@inproceedings{ge04100c,
  author={Geogdzhayev, I. V. and Mishchenko, M. I.},
  title={Extending GACP aerosol climatology beyond NOAA-9 AVHRR lifetime},
  booktitle={Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere VI, 17 Sep. 2003, Toulouse, France},
  year={2002},
  volume={4539},
  pages={134},
  series={Proc. SPIE},
  doi={10.1117/12.454422},
}

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AU  - Geogdzhayev, I. V.
AU  - Mishchenko, M. I.
PY  - 2002
TI  - Extending GACP aerosol climatology beyond NOAA-9 AVHRR lifetime
BT  - Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere VI, 17 Sep. 2003, Toulouse, France
T3  - Proc. SPIE
VL  - 4539
SP  - 134
DO  - 10.1117/12.454422
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