Multi Axis Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS) measurements were taken during 12 hazy days in December 2006 in Fresno, USA. We obtained vertical distributions of aerosol extinction coefficients (AECs) and aerosol optical depths (AODs) at UV wavelengths of 353 and 380 nm by applying a recently developed aerosol retrieval algorithm based on O4 slant column densities (SCDs) from MAX-DOAS measurements. A linear correlation coefficient (R) of 0.74 (0.73) was obtained between surface PM2.5 concentrations and AECs at 353 (380) nm within the 0-1 km layer under hazy conditions. AODs obtained from MAX-DOAS measurements were validated by comparison with those measured by a collocated sunphotometer. AODs derived at both wavelengths were overestimated under the hazy atmospheric conditions compared with those retrieved from sunphotometer measurements. A coefficient of determination (R2) of 0.58 (0.79) was obtained for AODs at 353 (380) nm from MAX-DOAS and sunphotometer during the hazy period, and AODs obtained using MAX-DOAS agreed with sunphotometer data within 50% and 40% for the different wavelengths, respectively.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Environmental Science(all)
- Atmospheric Science