Scattering from atmospheric aerosols causes blurring of satellite images. A study of this effect suggests that it might be possible to evaluate aerosol properties from these images. We consider an aerosol layer superimposed on a surface with a one-dimensional sinusoidal variation in reflectivity and with a half-plane reflectivity variation. A single scattering approximation is used to show that information about the aerosol layer height and optical depth can be extracted provided the variation in ground reflectivity is known.
© 1998 Optical Society of America
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(120.5700) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Reflection
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(290.1310) Scattering : Atmospheric scattering
(350.6090) Other areas of optics : Space optics
Anne Leone, Barbara Bulgarelli, Marco Gabella, and Giovanni Perona, "Inferring Aerosol Layer Properties from the Spatial Structure of Satellite Images," Appl. Opt. 37, 3769-3772 (1998)