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4-D Display Of Satellite Cloud Images
Author(s): William L. Hibbard
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Paper Abstract

A technique has been developed to display GOES satellite cloud images in perspective over a topographical map. Cloud heights are estimated using temperatures from an infrared (IR) satellite image, surface temperature observations, and a climatological model of vertical temperature profiles. Cloud levels are discriminated from each other and from the ground using a pattern recognition algorithm based on the brightness variance technique of Coakley and Bretherton. The cloud regions found by the pattern recognizer are rendered in three-dimensional perspective over a topographical map by an efficient remap of the visible image. The visible shades are mixed with an artificial shade based on the geometry of the cloud-top surface, in order to enhance the texture of the cloud top.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 1987
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 0846, Digital Image Processing and Visual Communications Technologies in Meteorology, (25 January 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.942654
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William L. Hibbard, University of Wisconsin (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0846:
Digital Image Processing and Visual Communications Technologies in Meteorology
Paul Janota, Editor(s)

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