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Cloud microphysical properties retrieved from MODIS sub-sampling radiance dataset over the extended GAME region
Author(s): Takashi Y. Nakajima; Kentaroh Suzuki; Teruyuki Nakajima
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Paper Abstract

The cloud microphysical properties retrieved from MODIS sub-sampling radiance dataset (MOD02SSH) over the extended GAME region are shown in this paper. The spatial distributions and temporal variations of the cloud optical thickness (τc) and effective particle radius (re), are important observation targets to understand the role of clouds in the radiation budget estimations, especially in the cloud-aerosol interaction studies, because they will have information of cloud growth process. Thus, the wide-area and relatively high-temporal observations of the cloud properties are necessary. The most passed researches that retrieved near-global distributions of the cloud properties, used the reduced data volume satellite radiance subset, such as the globally map-projected radiances dataset at the discretized degrees in latitude and longitude (e.g. 0.5 degrees) or narrow-swath (around nadir) radiance subset. In fact, these subsets reduced the computing time but unexpectedly reduced the observation samplings. In this study, we used MODIS 5-km subsampling radiance subsets (MOD02SSH) for the retrievals. The MOD02SSH conserves scene texture with moderately reduced data volume of 1/25 from original MODIS scene, so that they will be suitable for the more precise estimations of τc and re over synoptic to global scale. We retrieved τc and re from one-month MOD02SSH over the extended GAME region (60E-180E longitude and 20S to 60N latitude) in July 2004. In the obtained τc versus re scatter plots, we found interesting features that will be explained as the cloud properties under the pristine and polluted environments in the region. The non-hydrostatic spectral microphysics cloud model simulates these phenomena well. In the presentation, we will discuss about the MODIS radiance dataset for the cloud analysis, retrieval algorithm, then show the typical and interesting features appeared in observed τc - re scatter plots over the extended GAME regions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6408, Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds, 64080E (8 December 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.692683
Show Author Affiliations
Takashi Y. Nakajima, Tokai Univ. (Japan)
Kentaroh Suzuki, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Teruyuki Nakajima, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6408:
Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds
Si-Chee Tsay; Teruyuki Nakajima; Ramesh P. Singh; R. Sridharan, Editor(s)

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