AEROsol generic classification using a novel Satellite remote sensing Approach (AEROSA)

Bilal, Muhammad, Ali, Md Arfan, Nichol, Janet E, Bleiweiss, Max P, de Leeuw, Gerrit, Mhawish, Alaa, Shi, Yuan ORCID: 0000-0003-4011-8735, Mazhar, Usman, Mehmood, Tariq, Kim, Jhoon
et al (show 3 more authors) (2022) AEROsol generic classification using a novel Satellite remote sensing Approach (AEROSA). FRONTIERS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, 10. 981522-.

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<jats:p>Numerous studies (hereafter GA: general approach studies) have been made to classify aerosols into desert dust (DD), biomass-burning (BB), clean continental (CC), and clean maritime (CM) types using only aerosol optical depth (AOD) and Ångström exponent (AE). However, AOD represents the amount of aerosol suspended in the atmospheric column while the AE is a qualitative indicator of the size distribution of the aerosol estimated using AOD measurements at different wavelengths. Therefore, these two parameters do not provide sufficient information to unambiguously classify aerosols into these four types. Evaluation of the performance of GA classification applied to AErosol Robotic NETwork (AERONET) data, at sites for situations with known aerosol types, provides many examples where the GA method does not provide correct results. For example, a thin layer of haze was classified as BB and DD outside the crop burning and dusty seasons respectively, a thick layer of haze was classified as BB, and aerosols from known crop residue burning events were classified as DD, CC, and CM by the GA method. The results also show that the classification varies with the season, for example, the same range of AOD and AE were observed during a dust event in the spring (20<jats:sup>th</jats:sup> March 2012) and a smog event in the autumn (2nd November 2017). The results suggest that only AOD and AE cannot precisely classify the exact nature (i.e., DD, BB, CC, and CM) of aerosol types without incorporating more optical and physical properties. An alternative approach, AEROsol generic classification using a novel Satellite remote sensing Approach (AEROSA), is proposed to provide aerosol amount and size information using AOD and AE, respectively, from the Terra-MODIS (MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) Collection 6.1 Level 2 combined Dark Target and Deep Blue (DTB) product and AERONET Version 3 Level 2.0 data. Although AEROSA is also based on AOD and AE, it does not claim the nature of aerosol types, instead providing information on aerosol amount and size. The purpose is to introduce AEROSA for those researchers who are interested in the generic classification of aerosols based on AOD and AE, without claiming the exact aerosol types such as DD, BB, CC, and CM. AEROSA not only provides 9 generic aerosol classes for all observations but can also accommodate variations in location and season, which GA aerosol types do not.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: MODIS, AERONET, AOD, Angstrom exponent, aerosol types, classification, biomass burning, dust particles
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2022 13:16
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2024 19:01
DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2022.981522
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