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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 θ<sub>0</sub> ≤ 74° for visible wavelengths and up to θ<sub>0</sub> ≤ 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 θ<sub>0</sub>’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

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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