This dataset of Aerosol optical thickness over the central and western part of China

This dataset includes the monthly AOD datasets from MODIS Aqua of the central and western part of China. By applying the Deep Blue (DB) and Dark Target (DT) algorithms over land, and the DT over-water algorithm, three types of AOD products at 550 nm are relseaed (e.g. Dark Target, Deep Blue and Merged AOD). In this project, monthly AOD products from July 2003 to November 2018 are collected, which can provide the informations of AOD and air pollutions over the central and western part of China.

Data file naming and use method

in HDF format, can be opened and analysed in Matlab software.

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XIA Xiangao, SONG Zijue. This dataset of Aerosol optical thickness over the central and western part of China. National Tibetan Plateau Data Center, 2020. doi: 10.11888/Meteoro.tpdc.270381. (Download the reference: RIS | Bibtex )

Related Literatures:

1. Song, Z.J., Fu, D.S., Zhang, X.L., Han, X.l., Song, J.J, Zhang, J.Q, Wang, J., Xia, X.G. (2019). MODIS AOD sampling rate and its effect on PM2.5 estimation in North China. Atmos. Environ. 209, 14-22.( View Details | Bibtex)

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Pan-Third Pole Environment Study for a Green Silk Road-A CAS Strategic Priority A Program (No:XDA20000000)

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Geographic coverage
East: 120.00 West: 60.00
South: 15.00 North: 55.00
  • Temporal resolution: Monthly
  • Spatial resolution: 10km - 100km
  • File size: 48 MB
  • Browse count: 371 Times
  • Apply count: 0 Times
  • Share mode: protected
  • Temporal coverage: 2003-07-01 To 2018-11-30
  • Updated time: 2020-04-27


Contact Information
: XIA Xiangao   SONG Zijue  

Distributor: National Tibetan Plateau Data Center


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