RETRIEVAL OF AEROSOL OPTICAL PROPERTIES FROM GROUND-BASED REMOTE SENSING MEASUREMENTS: AEROSOL ASYMMETRY FACTOR AND SINGLE SCATTERING ALBEDO
Keywords: Devaux-Vermeulen-Li method, aerosol, single scattering albedo, asymmetry factor, Sun-sky radiometer, AERONET
Abstract. The Devaux-Vermeulen-Li method (DVL method) is a simple approach to retrieve aerosol optical parameters from the Sun-sky radiance measurements. This study inherited the previous works of retrieving aerosol single scattering albedo (SSA) and scattering phase function, the DVL method was modified to derive aerosol asymmetric factor (g). To assess the algorithm performance at various atmospheric aerosol conditions, retrievals from AERONET observations were implemented, and the results are compared with AERONET official products. The comparison shows that both the DVL SSA and g were well correlated with those of AERONET. The RMSD and the absolute value of MBD deviations between the SSAs are 0.025 and 0.015 respectively, well below the AERONET declared SSA uncertainty of 0.03 for all wavelengths. For asymmetry factor g, the RMSD deviations are smaller than 0.02 and the absolute values of MBDs smaller than 0.01 at 675, 870 and 1020 nm bands. Then, considering several factors probably affecting retrieval quality (i.e. the aerosol optical depth (AOD), the solar zenith angle, and the sky residual error, sphericity proportion and Ǻngström exponent), the deviations for SSA and g of these two algorithms were calculated at varying value intervals. Both the SSA and g deviations were found decrease with the AOD and the solar zenith angle, and increase with sky residual error. However, the deviations do not show clear sensitivity to the sphericity proportion and Ǻngström exponent. This indicated that the DVL algorithm is available for both large, non-spherical particles and spherical particles. The DVL results are suitable for the evaluation of aerosol direct radiative effects of different aerosol types.