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3D OMI observations of aerosol plumes released from December 2006 Australian forest fires
Author(s): Ruud Dirksen; Folkert Boersma; Jos de Laat; Piet Stammes; Omar Torres; Pepijn Veefkind
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Paper Abstract

In the December 2006 severe forest fires raged in south east Australia. We used the OMI instrument to study the transport of the aerosols emitted by these fires. On 14 December a freshly released plume was lofted by a passing weather system to high altitudes in the atmosphere and was transported around the planet in 10 days. We used the OMI cloud product to retrieve the altitude of the aerosol plume, 8-10km. We compare our findings to CALIPSO observations of the same plume, which yields 11-14km. We performed radiative transfer calculations to investigate the sensitivity of the OMI cloud algorithm to the plume altitude.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7107, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XIII, 71070M (13 October 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.801660
Show Author Affiliations
Ruud Dirksen, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (Netherlands)
Folkert Boersma, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (Netherlands)
Jos de Laat, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (Netherlands)
Piet Stammes, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (Netherlands)
Omar Torres, Joint Ctr. for Earth Systems Technology (United States)
Pepijn Veefkind, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7107:
Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XIII
Richard H. Picard; Adolfo Comeron; Klaus Schäfer; Aldo Amodeo; Michiel van Weele, Editor(s)

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