A 10-year characterization of the Saharan Air Layer lidar ratio in the subtropical North Atlantic

The location of the two sun photometer stations managed by the Izaña Atmospheric Research Centre (IARC) on the island of 5 Tenerife, and a decade of available micropulse lidar (MPL) data allows us to determine the lidar ratio under almost pure dust conditions. This result can be considered representative of the Saharan dust transported westward over the North Atlantic in the subtropical belt.

- Alberto Berjón, Africa Barreto, Yballa Hernández, Margarita Yela, Carlos Toledano, and Emilio Cuevas