EARLINET has been collecting high quality aerosol optical profiles over Europe since 2000. The comparison with automatic collected dataset of aerosol optical depth (AOD) from AERONET and MODIS demonstrates the effectiveness of EARLINET regular measurement schedule for climatological studies. The analysis of optical properties in the local boundary layer indicates that the general decrease of AOD observed by different platforms over Europe in the last decade could be due to the modification of aerosol properties (towards less absorbing and larger particles) in the lower troposphere.
L Mona, L Alados-Arboledas, V Amiridis, A Amodeo, A Apituley, D Balis, M Iarlori, D Nicolae, A Pappayannis, MR Perrone, V Rizi, U Wandinger. EARLINET: 12-year of Aerosol Profiling over Europe