Characterization of Aerosol Type Over East Asia by 4.4 km MISR Product: First Insight and General Performance
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Citation of Original PublicationTao, Minghui; Wang, Jun; Li, Rong; Chen, Liangfu; Xu, Xiaoguang; Wang, Lunche; Tao, Jinhua; Wang, Zifeng; Xiang, Juan; Characterization of Aerosol Type Over East Asia by 4.4 km MISR Product: First Insight and General Performance; JGR Atmospheres 125,12 (2020); https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019JD031909
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The lack of aerosol type information has largely hindered satellite products from further applications such as constraining model simulations and quantifying aerosol climate effects. The recent Version (V) 23 Multi‐angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) aerosol products with an enhanced spatial resolution at 4.4 km enable an unprecedented chance to explore aerosol types and associated processes in the regional scale. Here we provide a comprehensive insight into the characterization of MISR aerosol optical and microphysical properties, as well as their performance, over East Asia. Ground validation shows a remarkable improvement in the accuracy of V23 MISR aerosol optical depth (AOD) with ~80% of its retrieval bias within ±(0.05 + 20%AODAERONET). However, an underestimation of MISR AOD is still prevalent in the high‐AOD (>0.6) conditions, due to the surface‐atmosphere separation problem and insufficient absorbing aerosol mixtures being selected. MISR AOD of different size bins agrees well with AErosol RObotic NETwork (AERONET) results, demonstrating an evident advantage in discriminating natural dust from anthropogenic particles. Although MISR nonspherical and absorbing retrievals display a consistent variation with the AERONET inversions, their component AODs have a poor reliability over East Asia due to the inappropriate aerosol component models or their mixtures as in V22. In particular, the most striking problem is the sparse and discrete MISR absorbing retrievals with spatial discontinuity. Generally, the high‐resolution V23 MISR products exhibit a great potential in characterizing the regional variations of aerosol type, which can be further refined by considering the prior aerosol knowledge over East Asia.