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A simplified aerosol retrieval algorithm for Himawari-8 Advanced Himawari Imager over Beijing

Zhang, Zhaoyang, Fan, Meng, Wu, Weiling, Wang, Zifeng, Tao, Minghui, Wei, Jing, Wang, Quan
Atmospheric environment 2019 v.199 pp. 127-135
aerosols, algorithms, atmospheric chemistry, climatology, emissions, governmental programs and projects, models, radiative transfer, reflectance, satellites, temporal variation, China
High temporal aerosol optical depth (AOD) is useful for inversing modelling of emissions and for comprehensively understanding the climatology of aerosol. Geostationary satellite has been used to derive AOD over land and ocean. In this study, a novel simplified aerosol retrieval algorithm for Advanced Himawari-8 imager (SARAHI) is developed to retrieve hourly AOD over Beijing from a new-generation geostationary meteorological satellite—Himawari-8, which carries the Advanced Himawari Imager (AHI). The algorithm is based on a simplified radiative transfer model and surface reflectance derived from one-month AHI apparent data. Measurements from AErosol RObotic NETwork (AERONET) sites and JAXA Himawari Monitor Version 2.0 Aerosol Retrieval product (L2ARP2.0) are used to evaluate the performance of AOD retrievals from SARAHI algorithm. There are 73.5%, 78.2%, 74.7% of AOD retrievals falling in the Expected error lines at Beijing_CAMS, Beijing_RADI, and Xianghe sites, respectively. The correlation coefficient is larger than 0.92 with small root mean square error (RMSE) of 0.134–0.164. The retrievals can also reflect the temporal variations of AOD very well. The results indicate that the SARAHI AOD algorithm can derive the regional AOD accurately and is better than the L2ARP2.0 AOD.