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Scientific background for CLOUDS: a cloud and radiation monitoring satellite
Author(s): Bizzarro Bizzarri; Michel Desbois; Carsten Stanfuss; John E. Harries; J. E. Murray; Jaqueline E. Russell; Catherine Naud; Albin J. Gasiewski; Klaus Kuenzi; Georg Heyster; Jungang Miao; Alberto Mugnai; Gian-Paolo Gobbi; GianLuigi Liberti; Stefano Dietrich; Anthony Slingo; Alfonso Sutera; Isabella Bordi; Stefano Tibaldi; PierPaolo Alberoni; Rolando Rizzi
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Paper Abstract

CLOUDS is a project co-funded by the EC under FP-4, conducted by 12 European partners, also cooperating with NOAA/ETL. It is the mission study of a monitoring satellite to perform measurements necessary to describe cloud-radiation interaction in operational models for climate and long-term weather prediction. Complementary to missions for process study, CLOUDS addresses the monitoring aspect. As such, it has to comply with requirements of sufficiently frequent observing cycle, and operational sustainability. This prevents using active systems and leads to consider passive radiometry only, however exploiting as much as possible of the em spectrum, with more polarizations and more viewing geometries. The paper reports on the effort to demonstrate that, by these means, the main ingredients of the cloud-radiation interaction mechanism may be observed with sufficient accuracy. The optimal channels are determined. Clouds, aerosol radiation and precipitation are observed under identical geometry with in a range of the em spectrum spanning from 340 nm to 4.3 cm, i.e. over five orders of magnitudes, for a true multi- spectral approach.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 January 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4168, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere V, (31 January 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.413878
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Bizzarro Bizzarri, Alenia Spazio SpA (Italy)
Michel Desbois, Lab. de Meteorologie Dynamique (France)
Carsten Stanfuss, Lab. de Meteorologie Dynamique (France)
John E. Harries, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom)
J. E. Murray, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom)
Jaqueline E. Russell, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom)
Catherine Naud, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom)
Albin J. Gasiewski, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)
Klaus Kuenzi, Univ. of Bremen (Germany)
Georg Heyster, Univ. of Bremen (Germany)
Jungang Miao, Univ. of Bremen (Germany)
Alberto Mugnai, Istituto Fisica dell'Atmosfera (Italy)
Gian-Paolo Gobbi, Istituto Fisica dell'Atmosfera (Italy)
GianLuigi Liberti, Istituto Fisica dell'Atmosfera (Italy)
Stefano Dietrich, Istituto Fisica dell'Atmosfera (Italy)
Anthony Slingo, United Kingdom Meteorological Office (United Kingdom)
Alfonso Sutera, Univ. of Rome (Italy)
Isabella Bordi, Univ. of Rome (Italy)
Stefano Tibaldi, Regional Met Service Emilia-Romagna (Italy)
PierPaolo Alberoni, Regional Met Service Emilia-Romagna (Italy)
Rolando Rizzi, Regional Met Service Emilia-Romagna (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4168:
Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere V
Jaqueline E. Russell; Klaus Schaefer; Olga Lado-Bordowsky, Editor(s)

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