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|Title:||Maritime Aerosol Network as a Component of Aerosol Robotic Network|
|Authors:||SMIRNOV A; HOLBEN B; SLUTSKER I; GILES D; MCCLAIN C; ECK T; SAKERIN S; MACKE A; CROOT P; ZIBORDI Giuseppe; QUINN P; SCIARE J; KINNE S; HARVEY M; SMYTH T; PIKETH S; ZIELINSKI T; PROSHUTINSKY A; GOES J; NELSON N; LAROUCHE P; RADIONOV V; GOLOUB P; MOORTHY K; MATARRESE R; ROBERTSON E; JOURDIN F|
|Citation:||JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-ATMOSPHERES vol. 114 no. D06204 p. D06204-1 D06204-10|
|Publisher:||AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION|
|JRC Publication N°:||JRC50863|
|Type:||Articles in Journals|
|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 hand-held sunphotometers 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 onboard ships of opportunity during the NASA Sensor Inter-comparison 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 ~0.11 and Angstrom parameter (computed within spectral range 440-870 nm) is calculated to be ~0.6. First results from the cruises contributing to the Maritime Aerosol Network are shown. MAN ship-based aerosol optical depth compare well to simultaneous island and near-coastal AERONET site AOD.|
|JRC Institute:||Institute for Environment and Sustainability|
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