Retrieving dust heights using AIRS

Sergio DeSouza-Machado and Adam Robinson, JCET/Department of Physics, UMBC
Omar Torres, Hampton University


Thermal IR instruments such as AIRS are sensitive to both the height and optical thickness of aerosol dust. By comparing retrieved optical depths at various placings of a dust layer, against the aerosol optical depths retrieved by MODIS, we plan to build a climatology of dust heights.