Retrieval of the relation between aerosol number concentration and aerosol optical depth using MOPSMAP
Influence of aerosol particles in the cloud formation and microphysical properties, commonly known as aerosolcloud interaction (ACI), has emerged as a research field of special interest since the low-level knowledge on this topic causes the largest uncertainties in climate projections. Active remote sensing already provided promising results combining backscatter lidars and cloud radars to characterize atmospheric aerosol and cloud droplets. The retrieval of aerosol microphysical properties is of high interest for ACI studies. However, complex inversion techniques are usually required. Mamouri and Ansmann (2016) proposed to derive the so-called extinctionto- number-concentration factors to retrieve aerosol number concentration from aerosol extinction in a more straightforward way. These factors can be easily obtained from the relationship between the aerosol number concentration and the aerosol optical depth from AERONET measurements. However, experimental data are not always available. This study demonstrates that it is also possible to obtain the extinction-to-number-concentration factors using pre-calculated optical properties. To do so, MOPSMAP, open-source software based on a data set of pre-calculated single-particle optical properties, is used. Using a study case (9 July 2021), it is shown that number concentration of aerosol-particle with radius larger than 250 μm (n250) derived with MOPSMAP is within the uncertainty range of the one derived with AERONET.
Univ. of Granada (Spain), Andalusian Institute for Earth System Research (Spain)
J.A. Bravo-Aranda started his PhD in 2009 at Universidad of Granada (UGR). He obtained his European Ph.D. with the highest level (cum-laude per unanimity) on 2014 and the certificate ' Contratado Doctor" on 2015. He performed several research stays in Germany, France, Rumania, Chile and Colombia. He worked as postdoc in the CNRS (France) and at the École Polytechnique (France) for three years. Currently, he is hired by the University of Granada to continue his research on lidar and rada applications on aerosol-cloud interaction. Currently, he is PI of the Marie Curie Cofund project named POLARICE until 2021.
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