Investigating the Impact of Cloud and Aerosol Contamination in Satellite Products used for Climate Forcing Studies
In this study, the impact of cloud contamination on Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) aerosol optical depth retrievals, as well as direct aerosol climate forcing estimates based on MODIS and MISR satellite aerosol products, are quantified and described. Collocated MODIS cloud masking data are applied for evaluating the existence of cloud artifacts in MISR aerosol products. The impact of aerosol contamination on cloud property retrievals are also studied for both dust and smoke outflow regions near and off the west coast of Africa, using combined observations from MODIS, Ozone Monitoring Instrument, and Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations. Cases depicting above-cloud aerosol particle contamination of cloud property retrievals are identified and their impact quantified for uncertainties relating to cloud optical depth and effective radius.