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New paper published describing VIIRS ocean aerosol data set

Sample VIIRS image with retrieval results

This figure shows example retrieval results at L2 resolution. (a) A true-color image, as well as retrieved (b) AOD at 550 nm and (c) FMF. L2 cells without QA = 3 retrievals are shaded in gray.

5 January 2018

This paper describes the version of the Satellite Ocean Aerosol Retrieval (SOAR) algorithm applied in version 1 of our forthcoming VIIRS "Deep Blue" aerosol data set. This is an update and expansion of the SOAR algorithm, which has been previously applied to generate data products from the SeaWiFS and AVHRR satellite instruments. The data are also validated against ship-borne aerosol observations from the Maritime Aerosol Network.

The reference for the paper is:

Sayer, A. M., Hsu, N. C., Lee, J., Bettenhausen, C., Kim, W. V., & Smirnov, A. (2017). Satellite Ocean Aerosol Retrieval (SOAR) algorithm extension to S-NPP VIIRS as part of the “Deep Blue” aerosol project. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 122, doi:10.1002/2017JD027412.