Jianyu Lin1, Xinyong Shen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.1,2, Lizhu Xing1, Huizheng Che3, B.N. Holben4

1 Key Laboratory of Meteorological Disaster, Ministry of Education/Joint International Research Laboratory of Climate and Environment Change/Collaborative Innovation Center on Forecast and Evaluation of Meteorological Disasters, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing 210044, China
2 Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory (Zhuhai), Zhuhai 519082, China
3 State Key Laboratory of Severe Weather (LASW) and Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry (LAC), Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, CMA, Beijing 100081, China
4 Biospheric Sciences Branch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA

Received: August 4, 2020
Revised: March 28, 2021
Accepted: March 30, 2021

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Lin, J., Shen, X., Xing, L., Che, H., Holben, B.N. (2021). Analysis of Aerosol type and Fine- and Coarse-mode Aerosol Direct Radiative Forcing over Regions in East and Southeast Asia Based on AERONET Version 3 Data. Aerosol Air Qual. Res. 21, 200503. https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.200503


  • The properties of aerosol were retrieved in five distinct background areas in Asia.
  • Utilizing PLDR and SSA, seven kinds of aerosol categories have been identified in Asia.
  • The properties about radiative forcing of fine- and coarse-mode aerosol were analyzed.


Based on the particle linear depolarization ratio (PLDR) and single-scattering albedo (SSA) values obtained for 1020 nm from Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) Version 3 Level 2.0 data collected in five regions, namely, northern China, Northwest Asia, the Tibetan Plateau, southern China and Southeast Asia, we classified seven types of aerosol (viz., purely dust, dust-dominated, pollution-dominated, non-absorbing [NA], weakly absorbing [WA], moderately absorbing [MA] and strongly absorbing [SA]) in order to assess the spatial and temporal distributions of their constituents and the radiative effects of their fine- and coarse-mode particles. The fine fraction dominated in northern China and also played a crucial role on the Tibetan Plateau and in southern China and Southeast Asia, whereas the coarse fraction prevailed in Northwest Asia. Furthermore, the fine-mode aerosol on the Tibetan Plateau exhibited its maximum radiative forcing efficiency (110.3 W m–2) during high concentrations of SA aerosol. Also, the lowest values for both the radiative forcing and the radiative forcing efficiency in southern China occurred during summer. Finally, the various aerosol constituents displayed distinct spatial and temporal distributions in Southeast Asia, with the SA aerosol contributing approximately 20% of the total aerosol on the Indochinese Peninsula and the NA and WA aerosol forming the largest percentages on the Malay Peninsula.

Keywords: Particle linear depolarization ratio, Single scatter albedo, Radiative forcing


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Aerosol and Air Quality Research (AAQR) is an independently-run non-profit journal, promotes submissions of high-quality research, and strives to be one of the leading aerosol and air quality open-access journals in the world.