Aerosol comparisons between sunphotometry / sky radiometry and the GEOS-Chem model

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Sareh Hesaraki1, Norm T O'Neill1, Auromeet Saha1,2, Jai Prakash Chaubey1, Randall Martin3, Glen B Lesins3 and Ihab Abboud2, (1)University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada, (2)Environment Canada Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, (3)Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
Comparisons of aerosol optical depth (AOD), spectral AOD parameters and microphysical parameters derived from AEROCAN / AERONET sunphotometer / sky radiometer data acquired over Canada were compared with GEOS-Chem (Geos5,v9-01-03) estimations. The Canadian sites were selected so as to encompass a representative variety of different aerosol types ranging from fine mode (submicron) pollution and smoke aerosols, coarse mode (supermicron) dust, fine and coarse mode marine aerosols, volcanic (fine mode) sulfates and volcanic (coarse mode) ash, etc). A particular focus was placed on comparisons at remote Canadian sites with a further focus on Arctic sites. The analysis included meteorological-scale event comparisons as well as seasonal and yearly comparisons on a climatological scale. The investigations were given a further aerosol type context by comparing optical retrievals of fine and coarse mode AOD with the AODs of the different aerosol types predicted by GEOS-Chem. The effects of temporal and spectral cloud screening of the sunphotometer data on the quality and robustness of these comparisons was the object of an important supporting investigation. The results of this study will be presented for a 3 year period from 2009 to 2011.