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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 17 — Jun. 10, 2006
  • pp: 4129–4135

Intercomparison of reflectances observed by GOME and SCIAMACHY in the visible wavelength range

Lieuwe G. Tilstra and Piet Stammes  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 17, pp. 4129-4135 (2006)

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We compare the Earth reflectances of the spectrometers Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment (GOME) and Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography (SCIAMACHY) over their overlapping wavelength range ( 240 800   nm ) . The goal is to investigate the quality of the radiometric calibration of SCIAMACHY using calibrated GOME data as a reference. However, severe degradation of the GOME instrument in the UV since 2001 prevents it from being a reliable reference below 500   nm . Above 500   nm , GOME is reliable and we find substantial disagreement between GOME and SCIAMACHY, of the order of 15% 2 0 % , which we can attribute completely to the current calibration problems of SCIAMACHY. These numbers are supported by a previous study in which SCIAMACHY was compared with the imager Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) onboard the Envisat satellite.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors

Original Manuscript: August 11, 2005
Revised Manuscript: November 18, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: December 22, 2005

Lieuwe G. Tilstra and Piet Stammes, "Intercomparison of reflectances observed by GOME and SCIAMACHY in the visible wavelength range," Appl. Opt. 45, 4129-4135 (2006)

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