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Volume 11, issue 2 | Copyright
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 949-969, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-949-2018
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Research article 16 Feb 2018

Research article | 16 Feb 2018

Characterization of smoke and dust episode over West Africa: comparison of MERRA-2 modeling with multiwavelength Mie–Raman lidar observations

Igor Veselovskii et al.
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Observations of multiwavelength Mie–Raman lidar during smoke episode over West Africa are compared with the vertical distribution of aerosol parameters provided by the MERRA-2 model. The values of modeled and observed extinctions at both 355 nm and 532 nm are also rather close. The model predicts significant concentration of dust particles inside the smoke layer. This is supported by a high depolarization ratio of 15 % observed in the center of this layer.
Observations of multiwavelength Mie–Raman lidar during smoke episode over West Africa are...
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