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Table 4

Radiative properties of the marine boundary layer that can be derived from current and planned satellite radiometric missions. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.331.t4

MBL atmospheric characteristicCurrent passive satellite radiometersFuture passive satellite radiometers

 
Aerosol optical properties Midvisible (primary) and spectral (secondary) aerosol optical thickness (AOD), and related quantities (e.g., Angström exponent α) Increased retrieval accuracy of AOD and its spectral variations, better spatial coverage and resolution, single-scattering albedo (for absorbing aerosols) 
Aerosol microphysical properties (‘type’) Best-fitting aerosol models (based on AERONET statistics and/or databases), weighting between fine and coarse modes (i.e., fine mode fraction), single-layer column-effective parameters More robust identification of likely microphysical properties, better spatial coverage and resolution, more aerosol models, possibility to identify and separate properties of distinct aerosol layers 
Cloud macrophysical properties Cloud cover, water content, top height Increased accuracy and resolution 
Cloud microphysical/optical properties Cloud optical depth (COD), cloud droplet effective radius (CER), particle phase Increased accuracy and resolution 
Precipitation Rain rate, rain phase Increased accuracy with multichannel approaches 
MBL atmospheric characteristicCurrent passive satellite radiometersFuture passive satellite radiometers

 
Aerosol optical properties Midvisible (primary) and spectral (secondary) aerosol optical thickness (AOD), and related quantities (e.g., Angström exponent α) Increased retrieval accuracy of AOD and its spectral variations, better spatial coverage and resolution, single-scattering albedo (for absorbing aerosols) 
Aerosol microphysical properties (‘type’) Best-fitting aerosol models (based on AERONET statistics and/or databases), weighting between fine and coarse modes (i.e., fine mode fraction), single-layer column-effective parameters More robust identification of likely microphysical properties, better spatial coverage and resolution, more aerosol models, possibility to identify and separate properties of distinct aerosol layers 
Cloud macrophysical properties Cloud cover, water content, top height Increased accuracy and resolution 
Cloud microphysical/optical properties Cloud optical depth (COD), cloud droplet effective radius (CER), particle phase Increased accuracy and resolution 
Precipitation Rain rate, rain phase Increased accuracy with multichannel approaches 
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