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Estimating solar direct and diffuse radiation in a cloudless atmosphere from satellite data
Author(s): Weimin Chen; Bingsang Fu; Duo Bian
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Paper Abstract

Based on the theory of multiple scattering of radiation in a plane parallel atmosphere, solar direct and diffuse radiations in various spectral bands at different heights have been computed with the discrete ordinate algorithm using the radio observations, radiative observations, and retrieval from the TIROS/N operational vertical sounder (TOVS). The LOWTRAN program is also used for computation of radiative transfer parameters such as optical thickness. The computed radiation are then used to set up the statistical relationship with satellite observations in the VIS and IR. The results have shown that the correlation coefficient is up to 0.9 in the upper atmosphere and 0.70-0.85 in the lower atmosphere. Thus satellite observations in the VIS and IR channel may be used to estimate the solar direct and diffuse radiations in a cloudless atmosphere.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3501, Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds, (18 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317735
Show Author Affiliations
Weimin Chen, Nanjing Institute of Meteorology (China)
Bingsang Fu, Nanjing Institute of Meteorology (China)
Duo Bian, Meteorological Bureau of Xizang Autonomous Region (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3501:
Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds
Jinxue Wang; Beiying Wu; Toshihiro Ogawa; Zheng-hua Guan, Editor(s)

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