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Cloud and thermodynamic parameters retrieved from satellite ultraspectral infrared measurements
Author(s): Daniel K. Zhou; William L. Smith; Allen M. Larar; Xu Liu; Jonathan P. Taylor; Peter Schlüssel; L. Larrabee Strow; Stephen A. Mango
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Paper Abstract

Atmospheric thermodynamic parameters and surface properties are basic meteorological variables for weather forecasting. A physical geophysical parameter retrieval scheme dealing with cloudy and cloud-free radiances observed with satellite ultraspectral infrared sounders has been developed and applied to data from the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) and the Atmospheric InfraRed Sounder (AIRS). The retrieved parameters presented herein are from radiance data gathered during the Joint Airborne IASI Validation Experiment (JAIVEx). JAIVEx provided intensive aircraft observations obtained from airborne Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) systems, in-situ measurements, and dedicated dropsonde and radiosonde measurements for the validation of the IASI products. Here, IASI atmospheric profile retrievals are compared with those obtained from dedicated dropsondes, radiosondes, and the airborne FTS system. The IASI examples presented here demonstrate the ability to retrieve fine-scale horizontal features with high vertical resolution from satellite ultraspectral sounder radiance spectra.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7107, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XIII, 71070N (13 October 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.800327
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel K. Zhou, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
William L. Smith, Hampton Univ. (United States)
Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison (United States)
Allen M. Larar, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Xu Liu, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Jonathan P. Taylor, United Kingdom Meteorological Office (United Kingdom)
Peter Schlüssel, EUMETSAT (Germany)
L. Larrabee Strow, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)
Stephen A. Mango, NPOESS Integrated Program Office (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7107:
Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XIII
Richard H. Picard; Adolfo Comeron; Klaus Schäfer; Aldo Amodeo; Michiel van Weele, Editor(s)

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