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Multiangle remote sensing and the retrieval of large cloud optical depths
Author(s): Roger Davies
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Paper Abstract

The importance of measuring the complete global range of cloud optical depth distribution is reviewed. While current techniques do a fairly good job of measuring small and moderate thicknesses, the difficulty of measuring large optical depths is noted. The use of multiangle views of cloud reflectivity offers a possible solution to this difficulty, at least for those clouds that have unobscured sides. Preliminary work with Multiangle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) data shows the ability to constrain the retrieved optical depths using a combination of geometrical reconstruction and three-dimensional radiative transfer modeling.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 2006
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 6408, Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds, 64080H (8 December 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.697755
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Roger Davies, Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)

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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