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Automatic cloud detection from MODIS images
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Paper Abstract

Cloud cover influences the distribution of the solar radiation reaching the ground. Resulting fluxes of sensible and latent heat are critical to the accurate characterization of boundary layer behavior and mesoscale circulation that often lead to convective developments. Therefore the spatial and temporal variation in cloud cover can greatly affect regional and localized weather processes. This work describes an algorithm aimed at identifying cloudy and clear pixels in MODIS images. The algorithm is a real time procedure which, from geolocated and calibrated data, allows obtaining cloud masks with four clear sky confidence levels.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 February 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5235, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere VIII, (16 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.511675
Show Author Affiliations
Gennaro Cappelluti, Univ. degli Studi di Bari (Italy)
Alberto Morea, Univ. degli Studi di Bari (Italy)
Claudia Notarnicola, Univ. degli Studi di Bari (Italy)
Politecnico di Bari (Italy)
Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia (Italy)
Francesco Posa, Univ. degli Studi di Bari (Italy)
Politecnico di Bari (Italy)
Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia (Italy)


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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