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Comparison of atmospheric transmittance measurements in the 3- to 5- and 8- to 12-um spectral regions with MODTRAN: considerations for long near-horizontal path geometries
Author(s): Anthony J. Ratkowski; Gail P. Anderson; Adam D. Devir
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Paper Abstract

Radiance measurements conducted from a high-altitude platform to retrieve surface properties will potentially involve long, near-horizontal viewing geometries. The computer code MODTRAN is widely used for the prediction of the propagation of infrared radiation through the lower atmosphere. Consequently, we have undertaken to test the predictions of MODTRAN for the 3 - 5 and 8 - 12 micron spectral regions under mid-Eastern desert conditions. This paper compares experimental measurements in geometries of interest with calculations using the latest version of MODTRAN. Results indicate a strong dependence of the remotely sensed radiation on both the aerosol and water vapor content.

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Date Published: 10 December 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3866, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems III, (10 December 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.371324
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Anthony J. Ratkowski, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Gail P. Anderson, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Adam D. Devir, Institute for Advanced Research and Development (Israel)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3866:
Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems III
Anton Kohnle; John D. Gonglewski, Editor(s)

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