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Comparison of the radiative properties and direct radiative effect of aerosols from a global aerosol model and remote sensing data over ocean

MYHRE, G., BELLOUIN, N., BERGLEN, T. F., BERNTSEN, T. K., BOUCHER, O., GRINI, A., ISAKSEN, I. S. A., JOHNSRUD, M., MISHCHENKO, M. I., STORDAL, F. and TANRÉ, D. (2007) Comparison of the radiative properties and direct radiative effect of aerosols from a global aerosol model and remote sensing data over ocean. Tellus B, 59 (1). pp. 115-129. ISSN 0280-6509

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0889.2006.00226.x

Abstract/Summary

A global aerosol transport model (Oslo CTM2) with main aerosol components included is compared to five satellite retrievals of aerosol optical depth (AOD) and one data set of the satellite-derived radiative effect of aerosols. The model is driven with meteorological data for the period November 1996 to June 1997 which is the time period investigated in this study. The modelled AOD is within the range of the AOD from the various satellite retrievals over oceanic regions. The direct radiative effect of the aerosols as well as the atmospheric absorption by aerosols are in both cases found to be of the order of 20 Wm−2 in certain regions in both the satellite-derived and the modelled estimates as a mean over the period studied. Satellite and model data exhibit similar patterns of aerosol optical depth, radiative effect of aerosols, and atmospheric absorption of the aerosols. Recently published results show that global aerosol models have a tendency to underestimate the magnitude of the clear-sky direct radiative effect of aerosols over ocean compared to satellite-derived estimates. However, this is only to a small extent the case with the Oslo CTM2. The global mean direct radiative effect of aerosols over ocean is modelled with the Oslo CTM2 to be –5.5 Wm−2 and the atmospheric aerosol absorption 1.5 Wm−2.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:34618
Publisher:International Meteorological Institute in Stockholm

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