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Impact of aerosols generated from biomass burning and dust storms
Author(s): Sundar A. Christopher; Denise A. Berendes; Donna V. Vulcan; Ronald M. Welch
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Paper Abstract

Atmospheric aerosol particles play a vital role in the earth's radiative energy budget. They exert a net cooling influence on climate by directly reflecting the solar radiation to space and by modifying the shortwave reflective properties of clouds. Each year, increasing amounts of aerosol particles are released into the atmosphere due to biomass burning, dust storms, forest fires and volcanic activity. These particles significantly perturb the radiative balance on local, regional, and global scales. While the detection of aerosols over water is a well established procedure, the detection of aerosols over land is often difficult due to the poor contrast between the aerosols and the underlying terrain. In this study, we use textural measures in order to detect aerosols generated from biomass burning and dust storms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 December 1994
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2309, Passive Infrared Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere II, (23 December 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.196670
Show Author Affiliations
Sundar A. Christopher, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (United States)
Denise A. Berendes, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (United States)
Donna V. Vulcan, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (United States)
Ronald M. Welch, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2309:
Passive Infrared Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere II
David K. Lynch, Editor(s)

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