Monitoring atmospheric composition & climate
 
 
Aerosol Record

Aerosol parameters are retrieved with the SYNAER [SYNergetic Aerosol Retrieval] method from a combination of simultaneous AATSR and SCIAMACHY measurements. The high spectral resolution of SCIAMACHY supplements ideally the high spatial resolution of AATSR. The SYNAER method offers the possibility of generating a 25-year-long aerosol record by consistently applying the same method across data from successive missions. Equivalent instruments to SCIAMACHY/AATSR (on ENVISAT) have been in orbit since 1995 (GOME/ATSR on ERS-2) and have been in orbit since 2006 (GOME-2/AVHRR) on the METOP satellite series, which is expected to provide data up to at least 2020.

Daily European maps of aerosol optical thickness and type are available on a near-real-time basis; global maps will be produced offline.

Latest Plots

AOD record Aerosol species
Aerosol Optical Depth (550nm) (ENVISAT) Aerosol Speciation (SYNAER/ENVISAT)

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Data Archive

Image archive: Daily aerosol optical depth (SYNAER/ENVISAT) for Europe
Image archive: Daily aerosol speciation (SYNAER/ENVISAT) for Europe
Image archive: Daily aerosol optical depth (SYNAER/ENVISAT) for MSG FOV
Image archive: Daily aerosol speciation (SYNAER/ENVISAT) for MSG FOV
Data archive: Aerosol optical depth (AOD) and aerosol speciation (HDF)

Documentation

Contact details

For more details about the MACC aerosol record, please contact the MACC team.