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Top of atmosphere thermal flux retrieval for the EarthCARE Mission: a preview
Author(s): Carlos Domenech; Tobias Wehr; Kotska Wallace
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Paper Abstract

The forthcoming ESA/JAXA EarthCARE (Earth Clouds Aerosols and Radiation Explorer)Mission addresses the need to improve the understanding of the interactions between cloud, aerosol and radiation processes. These play a critical role in the Earth's radiative balance in climate models. The broad-band radiometer (BBR) on-board the EarthCARE spacecraft provides measurements of broad-band reflected solar and emitted thermal radiances and fluxes at the top-of-atmosphere (TOA) over the along-track (AT) satellite path at three different viewing angles. This angular information together with the spectral information on the radiation from the EarthCARE's multi-spectral imager (MSI) is exploited to construct accurate radiance-to-flux conversion algorithms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7475, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XIV, 74750D (29 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.829465
Show Author Affiliations
Carlos Domenech, ESTEC/ESA (Netherlands)
Tobias Wehr, ESTEC/ESA (Netherlands)
Kotska Wallace, ESTEC/ESA (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7475:
Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XIV
Richard H. Picard; Klaus Schäfer; Adolfo Comeron; Evgueni I. Kassianov; Christopher J. Mertens, Editor(s)

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