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Investigation of aerosols in South Africa: Comparison of measurements and modeling
Author(s): T. Kociok; F. February; P. Grossmann; Detlev Sprung; A. M. J. van Eijk; K. Stein
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Paper Abstract

The numerical LOTOS-EUROS model that provides information on the regional distribution of aerosols was implemented for a new domain, Southern Africa. The first set-up for the study areas is discussed and a comparison of model products (aerosol concentration and optical depth) to experimental data is presented. The model compares favorably to MODIS satellite products on a regional scale. Comparisons with in-situ instrumentation at specific locations reveal that the model generally capture temporal trends, but underestimates the absolute AOD-values. In the more pronounced case, this is attributed to the complex local orography of the measurement site that cannot be captured by the model.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 November 2018
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 10787, Environmental Effects on Light Propagation and Adaptive Systems, 1078704 (16 November 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2326526
Show Author Affiliations
T. Kociok, Fraunhofer IOSB (Germany)
F. February, Univ. of Cape Town (South Africa)
P. Grossmann, Fraunhofer IOSB (Germany)
Detlev Sprung, Fraunhofer IOSB (Germany)
A. M. J. van Eijk, Fraunhofer IOSB (Netherlands)
TNO the Hague (Netherlands)
LHEEA, Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France)
K. Stein, Fraunhofer-IOSB (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10787:
Environmental Effects on Light Propagation and Adaptive Systems
Karin U. Stein; Szymon Gladysz, Editor(s)

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