Aerosol amounts and types
are information of prime importance in the process of
vicariously calibrating ocean color sensors observations
(Sect. 10), yet they cannot be obtained easily on the
mooring site. This is the main reason for having installed
an automatic scanning sun and sky photometer at the “Cap
which is providing a continuous record (cloud permitting)
of these parameters thanks to the logistics and data
transmission capabilities of the AERONET*.
Description of the site can be found here.
The parallel analysis of the data collected
there and of the satellite observations themselves should
indicate which are the situations where the data collected
at the coast are representative of the conditions offshore.
In support to this study, aerosol optical thickness measurements
are also performed en route when steaming from Nice to
the BOUSSOLE site, in order to get some idea of the spatial
heterogeneity of the aerosol burden.
about AERONET sites are available at the following Web