Articles | Volume 9, issue 11
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-4257-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-9-4257-2016
Model evaluation paper
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25 Nov 2016
Model evaluation paper |  | 25 Nov 2016

Comparison of PMCAMx aerosol optical depth predictions over Europe with AERONET and MODIS measurements

Antigoni Panagiotopoulou, Panagiotis Charalampidis, Christos Fountoukis, Christodoulos Pilinis, and Spyros N. Pandis

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The ability of chemical transport model PMCAMx to reproduce ground and satellite aerosol optical depth (AOD) measurements over Europe is evaluated. PMCAMx reproduces AOD values over Spain, the UK, central Europe, and Russia with a fractional bias of less than 15 % and a fractional error of less than 30 %. The model overestimates the AOD over northern Europe probably due to an overestimation of organic aerosol and sulfates, and underestimates over the Balkans due to an underestimation of sulfates.