A comprehensive aerosol observing system must incorporate and integrate surface, airborne, and satellite-based data. Consistency over time of the measurement record based on these diverse sources is critical to understanding the causes of climate variability. To achieve a balanced program, it is important to consider how satellite, surface-based, and in situ data sources will be used together. This holistic viewpoint is a key part of the Progressive Aerosol Retrieval and Assimilation Global Observing Network (PARAGON) concept. The concept provides a vehicle for organizing and exchanging data acquired from both existing and newly developed sensors, and offers a systematic way of evaluating the impact of new measurements on the understanding of aerosols.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atmospheric Science