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  • Vol. 42, Iss. 27 — Sep. 20, 2003
  • pp: 5427–5441

Assessment of the accuracy of snow surface direct beam spectral albedo under a variety of overcast skies derived by a reciprocal approach through radiative transfer simulation

Shusun Li and Xiaobing Zhou  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 42, Issue 27, pp. 5427-5441 (2003)

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With radiative transfer simulations it is suggested that stable estimates of the highly anisotropic direct beam spectral albedo of snow surface can be derived reciprocally under a variety of overcast skies. An accuracy of ±0.008 is achieved over a solar zenith angle range of θ0 ≤ 74° for visible wavelengths and up to θ0 ≤ 63° at the near-infrared wavelength λ = 862 nm. This new method helps expand the database of snow surface albedo for the polar regions where direct measurement of clear-sky surface albedo is limited to large θ0’s only. The enhancement will assist in the validation of snow surface albedo models and improve the representation of polar surface albedo in global circulation models.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(120.5700) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Reflection
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(240.6490) Optics at surfaces : Spectroscopy, surface
(290.1090) Scattering : Aerosol and cloud effects
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy

Original Manuscript: January 21, 2003
Revised Manuscript: June 12, 2003
Published: September 20, 2003

Shusun Li and Xiaobing Zhou, "Assessment of the accuracy of snow surface direct beam spectral albedo under a variety of overcast skies derived by a reciprocal approach through radiative transfer simulation," Appl. Opt. 42, 5427-5441 (2003)

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