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Test and first validation of FRESCO+
Author(s): Ping Wang; Piet Stammes; Nicolas Fouriner
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Paper Abstract

The FRESCO (Fast Retrieval Scheme for Clouds from the Oxygen A-band) algorithm has been success-fully used in GOME and SCIAMACHY cloud retrieval for several years. It simulates the measured reflectance at TOA at 15 wavelengths at about 758, 761, and 765 nm. The reflectances are pre-calculated, and stored as a look-up-table. The FRESCO products are effective cloud fraction and cloud pressure, which are used in the cloud correction of trace gas retrievals from GOME and SCIAMACHY. Until now only O2 absorption has been considered in FRESCO. In the new version of the FRESCO algorithm, called FRESCO+, single Rayleigh scattering is added in the reflectance database and the retrieval. Rayleigh scattering is mainly important for the cloud free part of the pixels. The new reflectance database has been tested with DAK (Doubling Adding KNMI) multiple scattering simulations of the O2 A-band. Applied to GOME data, FRESCO+ gives a global average effective cloud fraction which is about 0.01 larger and a cloud pressure which is about 57 hPa higher than the current FRESCO version. The cloud pressure changes are largest for the less cloudy pixels. The FRESCO+ cloud height has been compared with ground-based cloud observations from the SGP/ARM site.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6362, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XI, 63620K (11 October 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.687901
Show Author Affiliations
Ping Wang, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (Netherlands)
Piet Stammes, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (Netherlands)
Nicolas Fouriner, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6362:
Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XI
James R. Slusser; Klaus Schäfer; Adolfo Comerón, Editor(s)

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