Weather Tech: Aeolus starting to measure stratospheric aerosol layers caused by the recent Australian bushfires
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European Space Agency's satellite Aeolus, or, in full, Atmospheric Dynamics Mission Aeolus, will be measuring the impact of the recent Australian bushfires.
Aeolus new special settings
"Starting today, Aeolus will be measuring stratospheric aerosol layers caused by the recent Australian bushfires using new special vertical range bin settings. It will be the first time aerosol particles and Mie winds will be measured by Aeolus from an altitude of up to 29 km", ESA announced today in a twitter thread on Aeolus' official account.
Australian bushfires' smoke detected in Chile
ESA also gives us more insight about the global impact of the Australian wildfires, with smoke detected by station in Chile as an example.
Smoke from the bushfires traveled around the globe and was detected by the Aeolus Cal/Val station at Punta Arenas in Chile. The new measurement will allow experts to determine the speed of the smoke plume and assess Aeolus’ capacity to measure aerosol in high altitudes.