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Retrieval of aerosols from space with POLDER on the satellites ADEOS-1 in 1997 to ADEOS-2 in 2003
Author(s): Itaru Sano; Sonoyo Mukai
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Paper Abstract

The polarization data acquired by POLDER (Polarization and Directionality of Earth Reflectances) sensor on board the ADEOS (Advanced Earth Observing Satellite)-1 and 2 have shown that polarization information is useful to extract the aerosol properties over land as well as those over ocean. This work describes a procedure to retrieve aerosol characteristics such as AOT (Aerosol Optical Thickness), and its wavelength tendency (Angstrom exponent). These parameters indicate the basic information for amount and particle size of aerosols, respectively. It is found that aerosol loading in central Africa and Asia is always high from April to June, and increases from ADEOS-1 in 1997 to ADEOS-2 in 2003. The results retrieved from ADEOS/POLDER are validated with sun photometry by NASA/AERONET (Aerosol Robotic Network).

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 November 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5979, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere X, 597920 (2 November 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.627378
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Itaru Sano, Kinki Univ. (Japan)
Sonoyo Mukai, Kinki Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5979:
Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere X
Klaus Schäfer; Adolfo T. Comerón; James R. Slusser; Richard H. Picard; Michel R. Carleer; Nicolaos Sifakis, Editor(s)

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