Guzzi, R, Ballista, G, Di Nicolantonio, W, Carboni, E (2001). Aerosol maps from GOME data. ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT, 35(30), 5079-5091.
In this paper, we present a methodology to calibrate the surface reflectance seen by satellite and validate the aerosol optical properties retrieved by the GOME instrument. Data are also visualized in maps by a tool properly developed, named GOMEView. The validation procedure is based on ground measurements obtained by sunphotometers. Results show that calibration of the surface reflectance is crucial to obtain the best results, i.e. in agreement with the ground measurements. Aerosol data have also been classified on the basis of their optical properties evidencing for instance, the presence of desert aerosol over the sea along the west coast of Sahara. Cloud retrievals were also analyzed in terms of their occurrence and amount. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.