Abstract

We compare the spectral sky radiance measured by three ground-based optical radiometers during the second Aerosol Characterization Experiment (ACE-2) to estimate the total uncertainty of the radiance in field experimental conditions. The propagation of this uncertainty on the column-integrated aerosol single-scattering albedo ϖ0 at 868 nm is investigated. The radiance measurements are affected by a systematic gain uncertainty of less than 2% in the visible spectral region and within 6% in the near-IR region. Correcting the measured radiance by a systematic uncertainty reduces the dispersion of the ϖ0 from 0.07 to 0.03. Besides, the total relative uncertainty of the radiance measurements in field experimental conditions is within 4% at any wavelength. The corresponding uncertainty Δϖ0 is 4% for an aerosol optical thickness of 0.2.

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