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Version 2 TOMS UV algorithm: problems and enhancements
Author(s): Nickolay A. Krotkov; Jay R. Herman; Pawan K. Bhartia; Colin J. Seftor; Antti Arola; Jussi Kaurola; Lasse Koskinen; S. Kalliskota; Petteri Taalas; Igor V. Geogdzhaev
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Paper Abstract

We evaluate the effects of possible enhancements of the current (version 1) TOMS surface UV irradiance algorithm. The major enhancements include more detailed treatment of tropospheric aerosols, effects of diurnal variation of cloudiness and improved treatment of snow/ice. The emphasis is on the comparison between the results of the version 1 TOMS UV algorithm and each of the changes proposed. TOMS UV algorithm does not discriminate between nonabsorbing aerosols and clouds. Absorbing aerosols are corrected by using the TOMS aerosol index data. The treatment of aerosol attenuation might have been improved by using newly derived TOMS products: optical depths and the single-scattering albedo for dust, smoke, and sulfate aerosols. We evaluate different approaches for improved treatment of pixel average cloud attenuation, with and without snow/ice on the ground. In addition to treating clouds based only on the measurements at the local time of the TOMS observations, the results from other satellites and weather assimilation models can be used to estimate attenuation of the UV irradiance throughout the day. The improved (version 2) algorithm will be applied to reprocess the existing TOMS UV data record (since 1978) and to the future satellite sensors (e.g., Quik/TOMS, GOME, OMI on EOS/Aura and Triana/EPIC).

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 January 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4482, Ultraviolet Ground- and Space-based Measurements, Models, and Effects, (17 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.452956
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Nickolay A. Krotkov, Univ. of Maryland/Baltimore County (United States)
Jay R. Herman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Pawan K. Bhartia, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Colin J. Seftor, Raytheon ITSS Co. (United States)
Antti Arola, Finnish Meteorological Institute (Finland)
Jussi Kaurola, Finnish Meteorological Institute (Finland)
Lasse Koskinen, Finnish Meteorological Institute (Sweden)
S. Kalliskota, Finnish Meteorological Institute (Finland)
Petteri Taalas, Finnish Meteorological Institute (Finland)
Igor V. Geogdzhaev, Columbia Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4482:
Ultraviolet Ground- and Space-based Measurements, Models, and Effects
James R. Slusser; Jay R. Herman; Wei Gao, Editor(s)

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