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The MACC-II 2007–2008 reanalysis: atmospheric dust evaluation and characterization over northern Africa and the Middle East [Discussion paper]
Title: The MACC-II 2007–2008 reanalysis: atmospheric dust evaluation and characterization over northern Africa and the Middle East [Discussion paper]
Authors: Cuevas Agulló, Emilio ORCID RESEARCHERID SCOPUSID Autor AEMETCamino, Carlos ORCID Benedetti, AngelaBasart, Sara ORCID Terradellas, EnricAutor AEMETBaldasano, José MaríaMorcrette, ‪Jean-JacquesMarticorena, BeatriceGoloub, PhilippeMortier, AugustinBerjón, AlbertoAutor AEMETHernández Pérez, Carmen Yballa ORCID Gil-Ojeda, ManuelSchulz, Michael
Keywords: Atmospheric mineral dust; Satellite aerosol products; MACC-II Project; Espectroradiómetros; Polvo mineral atmosférico; Mineral dust
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: European Geosciences Union
Citation: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions. 2014, 14, p. 27797–27879
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Abstract: In the present work, atmospheric mineral dust from a MACC-II short reanalysis run for 2 years (2007–2008) has been evaluated over northern Africa and the Middle East using satellite aerosol products (from MISR, MODIS and OMI satellite sensors), ground-based AERONET data, in situ PM10 concentrations from AMMA, and extinction vertical profiles from two ground-based lidars and CALIOP satellite-based lidar. The MACC-II aerosol optical depth (AOD) spatial and temporal (seasonal and interannual) variability shows good agreement with those provided by satellite sensors. The capability of the model to reproduce the AOD, Ångström exponent (AE) and dust optical depth (DOD) from daily to seasonal time-scale is quantified over 26 AERONET stations located in eight geographically distinct regions by using statistical parameters. Overall DOD seasonal variation is fairly well simulated by MACC-II in all regions, although the correlation is significantly higher in dust transport regions than in dust source regions. The ability of MACC-II in reproducing dust vertical profiles has been assessed by comparing seasonal averaged extinction vertical profiles simulated by MACC-II under dust conditions with corresponding extinction profiles obtained with lidar instruments at M'Bour and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and with CALIOP.
Sponsorship : This work has been supported by EU-project Monitoring Atmospheric Composition and Climate (MACC-II) under the European Union Seventh Framework Programme, grant agreement number 283576. J. M. Baldasano and S. Basart acknowledge the Severo Ochoa (SEV-2011-00067) program of the Spanish Government and the mobility program from the Catalan Government (BE-DGR 2012).
ISSN: 1680-7367
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