OSA's Digital Library

Applied Optics

Applied Optics


  • Vol. 24, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 1985
  • pp: 2419–2422

Estimation of cloud top heights from satellite imagery

Yuri Mekler and Morris Podolak  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 24, Issue 15, pp. 2419-2422 (1985)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (463 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



Light coming from a cloud to the detector of a multispectral satellite (Landsat) consists of light reflected from the cloud and light scattered by the layer of atmosphere between the cloud and satellite. Because of the strong wavelength dependence of Rayleigh scattering, the comparison of the signals in two spectral channels allows one to find the thickness of the scattering layer and hence the height of the cloud top.

© 1985 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: March 29, 1985
Published: August 1, 1985

Yuri Mekler and Morris Podolak, "Estimation of cloud top heights from satellite imagery," Appl. Opt. 24, 2419-2422 (1985)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. R. J. Curran, H. L. Kyle, L. R. Blaine, J. Smith, T. D. Clem, “Multispectral Scanning Radiometer for Remote Sensing Cloud Physical Parameters,” Rev. Sci. Instrum. 52, 1546 (1981). [CrossRef]
  2. K.-N. Liou, Introduction to Atmospheric Radiation (Academic, New York, 1980).
  3. A. K. Khargian, The Physics of Atmospheric Ozone (Israel Program for Scientific Translations, Jerusalem, 1975).
  4. K. Y. Kondratyev, Radiation in the Atmosphere (Academic, New York, 1975).
  5. J. Joseph, W. Wiscombe, J. Weinman, “The Delta-Eddington Approximation for Radiative Transfer,” J. Atmos. Sci. 33, 2452 (1976). [CrossRef]
  6. E. McCartney, Optics of the Atmosphere; Scattering by Molecules and Particles (Wiley, New York, 1976).
  7. W. Irvine, J. Pollack, “Infrared Optical Properties of Water and Ice Spheres,” Icarus 8, 324 (1968). [CrossRef]
  8. M. Podolak, R. E. Danielson, “Axel Dust on Saturn and Titan,” Icarus 37, 361 (1977). [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.


Fig. 1 Fig. 2

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited