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Radiative transfer model STORM for full Stokes vector calculations for a plane parallel atmosphere-surface-system
Author(s): Ute Böttger; Rene Preusker; Jens Nieke
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Paper Abstract

Based on the Matrix-Operator Method the radiative transfer code STORM (STOkes vector Radiative transfer Model) is introduced, which was developed in a joint project of DLR and Institut fuer Weltraumwissenschaften of the Freie Universitaet Berlin. STORM calculates the Stokes parameters (I, Q, U, V) in a plane parallel, multi layered atmosphere in the visible and near infrared spectral range. The scattering characteristics of aerosols are determined by Mie theory. The surface represents a Lambertian reflector or a wind ruffled water surface described by Cox-Munk model. The results of one calculation are the upward and downward directed Stokes parameters for one wavelength at a desired number of sun incident and viewing angles at varying altitudes in the principal plane and other azimuth angles. STORM is applied for an analysis in view of designing downward looking Earth observing optical remote sensing systems and values of the degree of polarization are presented as generic basis for remote sensing system design and data processing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5979, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere X, 59791V (1 November 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.646777
Show Author Affiliations
Ute Böttger, DLR, Institut für Verkehrsforschung (Germany)
Rene Preusker, Freie Univ. (Germany)
Jens Nieke, Univ. of Zurich (Switzerland)

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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