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The 3D radiative effects of clouds in aerosol retrieval: Can we remove them?
Author(s): Evgueni Kassianov; Mikhail Ovchinnikov; Larry K. Berg; Sally A. McFarlane; Connor Flynn; Richard Ferrare; Chris Hostetler
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Paper Abstract

We outline a new method, called the ratio method, developed to retrieve aerosol optical depth (AOD) under broken cloud conditions and present validation results from sensitivity and case studies. Results of the sensitivity study demonstrate that the ratio method, which exploits ratios of reflectances in the visible spectral range, has the potential for accurate AOD retrievals under different observational conditions and random errors in input data. Also, we examine the performance of the ratio method using aircraft data collected during the Cloud and Land Surface Interaction Campaign (CLASIC) and the Cumulus Humilis Aerosol Processing Study (CHAPS). Results of the case study suggest that the ratio method has the ability to retrieve AOD from multi-spectral aircraft observations of the reflected solar radiation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 2009
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7475, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XIV, 74750I (29 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.830179
Show Author Affiliations
Evgueni Kassianov, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Mikhail Ovchinnikov, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Larry K. Berg, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Sally A. McFarlane, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Connor Flynn, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Richard Ferrare, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Chris Hostetler, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)


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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