Aerosol Layer Height over Water via Oxygen A-Band Observations from Space: A Tutorial
Aerosols are a highly problematic area in climate science for several reasons. On the one hand, they are at least partially anthropogenic, originating from industrial facilities spewing pollution as well as agricultural activity, seasonal biomass burning, land-use change, and even wood-stove cooking in densely populated regions. On the other hand, aerosols interact in very poorly understood ways with clouds and hence, indirectly, the climate system as a whole (Boucher and Randall 2014).
The research was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). We acknowledge support from the NASA Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud and ocean Ecosystem (PACE) for Earth Science, managed by Dr. Paula Bontempi. We also thank Laurent C.-Labonnote, Guillaume Merlin, Oleg Dubovik, Alex Kokhanovsky, Kirk Knobelspiesse, Lorraine Remer, Dave Diner, Mike Garay, Vijay Natraj, Suniti Sanghavi, Eugene Ustinov, and Feng Xu for fruitful discussions about OE theory and passive atmospheric profiling of aerosols and clouds using the O\(_2\) A-band, in general or in connection with the PACE mission, as well as with the proposed MAIA investigation.
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