Assessing the Effect of the Long-Term Variations in Aerosol Characteristics on Satellite Remote Sensing of PM2.5 Using an Observation-Based Model

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Author(s)

  • Changqing Lin
  • Alexis K.H. Lau
  • Jimmy C.H. Fung
  • Ying Li
  • Chengcai Li

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2990–3000
Journal / PublicationEnvironmental Science and Technology
Volume53
Issue number6
Online published28 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Variations in aerosol characteristics play an essential role in satellite remote sensing of PM2.5 concentrations. The lack of measurement of aerosol characteristics, however, limits the assessment of their effects. This study presented an observation-based model that directly considered the effects of aerosol characteristics. In this model, we used an integrated humidity coefficient (γ′) and an integrated reference value (K) to delineate the effects of aerosol characteristics. We then investigated the effects of the long-term variations in aerosol characteristics on satellite remote sensing of PM2.5 concentration in Hong Kong from 2004 to 2012. The results show that the γ′ value peaked in 2009 because the percentages of highly hygroscopic components (e.g., sulfate and nitrate) in aerosols reached their peaks. The K value increased from 2004 to 2011 because of the increasing percentages of strong light-extinction components (e.g., organic matter) and the decreasing fine mode fraction in aerosols. The accuracy of PM2.5 retrieval improved greatly after accounting for the long-term variations in aerosol characteristics (e.g., correlation coefficient increased from 0.56 to 0.80). The results underscore the need to incorporate the variations in aerosol characteristics in the PM2.5 estimation models. © 2019 American Chemical Society.

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Publisher Copyright: © 2019 American Chemical Society.

Citation Format(s)

Assessing the Effect of the Long-Term Variations in Aerosol Characteristics on Satellite Remote Sensing of PM2.5 Using an Observation-Based Model. / Lin, Changqing; Lau, Alexis K.H.; Fung, Jimmy C.H. et al.
In: Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 53, No. 6, 19.03.2019, p. 2990–3000.

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