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The Italian phase of the EAQUATE measurement campaign
Author(s): Vincenzo Cuomo; Aldo Amodeo; Paolo Antonelli; Antonella Boselli; Alessio Bozzo; Carmela Cornacchia; Giuseppe D'Amico; Maurizio Di Bisceglie; Francesco Esposito; Paolo Di Girolamo; Giuseppe Grieco; Allen M. Larar; Luigi Leone; Fabio Madonna; Tiziano Maestri; Rocco Marchese; Guido Masiello; Giuseppe Meoli; Lucia Mona; Marco Pandolfi; Gelsomina Pappalardo; Giulia Pavese; Gianluca Pisani; Rosa Restieri; Rolando Rizzi; Filomena Romano; Enrico Rossi; Federica Rossi; Domenico Sabatino; Carmine Serio; William L. Smith Jr.; Nicola Spinelli; Donato Summa; Giulio Todini; Domenico Villacci; Xuan Wang; Daniel K. Zhou
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Paper Abstract

The international experiment EAQUATE (European AQUA Thermodynamic Experiment) was held in September 2004 in Italy and in the United Kingdom. The Italian phase, performed in the period 6-10 September 2004, was mainly devoted to assessment and validation of performances of new IR hyperspectral sensors and benefits from data and results of measurements of AQUA and in particular of AIRS. It is also connected with the preparatory actions of MetOp mission with particular attention to calibration and validation of IASI products (as water vapour and temperature profiles), characterization of semitransparent clouds and study of radiative balance, demonstrating the role of ground-based and airborne systems in validation operations. The Italian phase of the campaign was carried out within a cooperation between NASA Langley Research Center, University of Wisconsin, the Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale (CNR-IMAA), the Mediterranean Agency for Remote Sensing (MARS) and the Universities of Basilicata, Bologna and Napoli. It involved the participation of the Scaled Composites Proteus aircraft (with NAST thermal infrared interferometer and microwave radiometer, the Scanning HIS infrared interferometer, the FIRSC far-IR interferometer), an Earth Observing System-Direct Readout Station and several ground based instruments: four lidar systems, a microwave radiometer, two infrared spectrometers, and a ceilometer. Radiosonde launches for measurements of PTU and wind velocity and direction were also performed as ancillary observations. Four flights were successfully completed with two different AQUA overpasses. The aircraft flew over the Napoli, Potenza and Tito Scalo ground stations several times allowing the collection of coincident aircraft and in- situ observations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 2005
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 5979, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere X, 59791E (1 November 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.628279
Show Author Affiliations
Vincenzo Cuomo, CNR-IMAA (Italy)
Aldo Amodeo, CNR-IMAA (Italy)
Paolo Antonelli, Mediterranean Agency for Remote Sensing (Italy)
Antonella Boselli, CNR-IMAA (Italy)
Alessio Bozzo, Univ. di Bologna (Italy)
Carmela Cornacchia, CNR-IMAA (Italy)
Giuseppe D'Amico, CNR-IMAA (Italy)
Maurizio Di Bisceglie, Mediterranean Agency for Remote Sensing (Italy)
Francesco Esposito, Univ. della Basilicata (Italy)
Paolo Di Girolamo, Univ. della Basilicata (Italy)
Giuseppe Grieco, Univ. della Basilicata (Italy)
Allen M. Larar, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Luigi Leone, Univ. della Basilicata (Italy)
Fabio Madonna, CNR-IMAA (Italy)
Tiziano Maestri, Univ. di Bologna (Italy)
Rocco Marchese, Univ. della Basilicata (Italy)
Guido Masiello, CNR-IMAA (Italy)
Giuseppe Meoli, Mediterranean Agency for Remote Sensing (Italy)
Lucia Mona, CNR-IMAA (Italy)
Marco Pandolfi, CNR-IMAA (Italy)
Gelsomina Pappalardo, CNR-IMAA (Italy)
Giulia Pavese, CNR-IMAA (Italy)
Gianluca Pisani, Univ. degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Italy)
Rosa Restieri, Univ. della Basilicata (Italy)
Rolando Rizzi, Univ. di Bologna (Italy)
Filomena Romano, CNR-IMAA (Italy)
Enrico Rossi, Univ. di Bologna (Italy)
Federica Rossi, Mediterranean Agency for Remote Sensing (Italy)
Domenico Sabatino, Univ. della Basilicata (Italy)
Carmine Serio, Univ. della Basilicata (Italy)
William L. Smith Jr., Hampton Univ. (United States)
Nicola Spinelli, Univ. degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Italy)
Donato Summa, Univ. della Basilicata (Italy)
Giulio Todini, Univ. di Bologna (Italy)
Domenico Villacci, Mediterranean Agency for Remote Sensing (Italy)
Xuan Wang, Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia (Italy)
Daniel K. Zhou, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)

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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