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Retrieval of cloud geometrical properties using satellite remote sensing data
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Paper Abstract

It is of great interest to investigate the radiative features on the cloud optical, microphysical, and geometrical properties of clouds that play crucial role in the climate system. Here, top height, base height, and geometrical thickness of cloud layer are considered as cloud geometrical properties. Previous studies show that information of some spectral regions including oxygen A-band, enables us to retrieve cloud geometrical properties as well as optical thickness, effective particle radius of cloud. In this study, an algorithm was developed to retrieve simultaneously cloud optical thickness, effective particle radius, top height, and geometrical thickness of cloud layer with the spectral information of visible, near infrared, thermal infrared, and oxygen A-band channels. This algorithm was applied to the GLI dataset on board ADEOS-II satellite that has been launched recently. The preliminary results are not so strange and to be validated in future, comparing to the in-situ observations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 February 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5235, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere VIII, (16 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.510803
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Makoto Kuji, Nara Women's Univ. (Japan)
Teruyuki Nakajima, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Sonoyo Mukai, Kinki Univ. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5235:
Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere VIII
Klaus P. Schaefer; Adolfo Comeron; Michel R. Carleer; Richard H. Picard, Editor(s)

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