Study of Air Pollution with the Use of MODIS Data, LIDAR and Sun Photometers in Cyprus
In the frame of ‘AIRSPACE’ project, ground-based measurements were conducted in the four main cities of Cyprus. Limassol, comprises the main test site as Lidar and CIMEL sun photometer (NASA/AERONET network) are located at the premises of CUT, while the other cities (Nicosia, Larnaca and Paphos) are used as validation sites. During data collection campaign, measurements from handheld sun-photometers, DustTrak (PM10), Lidar and meteorological stations were used to extract an algorithm for relating satellite MODIS AOD retrievals and ground-based PM10 data for different types of geographical areas. For this purpose, the vertical distribution of atmosphere after the processing of daily lidar signals and meteorological parameters such as relative humidity, wind speed and direction were used.
KeywordsAerosol Optical Depth Lidar Signal Local Solar Time Validation Site Aerosol Optical Depth Data
The project is funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation in the frameworks of the project ‘AIRSPACE’. In addition the authors would like to acknowledge the Cyprus University of Technology/Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics (Remote Sensing Laboratory) for supporting this study.
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