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Developing a broad spectrum atmospheric aerosol characterization for remote sensing platforms over desert regions
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Paper Abstract

Remotely sensed imagery of targets embedded in Earth’s atmosphere requires characterization of aerosols between the space-borne sensor and ground to accurately analyze observed target signatures. The impact of aerosol microphysical properties on retrieved atmospheric radiances has been shown to negatively affect the accuracy of remotely sensed data collects. Temporally and regionally specific meteorological conditions require exact site atmospheric characterization, involving extensive and timely observations. We present a novel methodology which fuses White Sands New Mexico regional aerosol micro pulse lidar (MPL) observations with sun photometer direct and diffuse products for broad-wavelength (visible – longwave infrared) input into the radiative transfer model MODTRAN5. Resulting radiances are compared with those retreived from the NASA Aqua MODIS instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 June 2014
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9071, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XXV, 907115 (9 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2050575
Show Author Affiliations
Shadrian B. Strong, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Andrea M. Brown, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9071:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XXV
Gerald C. Holst; Keith A. Krapels; Gary H. Ballard; James A. Buford; R. Lee Murrer, Editor(s)

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