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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 16 — Jun. 1, 2007
  • pp: 3332–3344

Retrieval of aerosol properties over land surfaces: capabilities of multiple-viewing-angle intensity and polarization measurements

Otto P. Hasekamp and Jochen Landgraf  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 16, pp. 3332-3344 (2007)

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We investigate the capabilities of different instrument concepts for the retrieval of aerosol properties over land. It was found that, if the surface reflection properties are unknown, only multiple-viewing-angle measurements of both intensity and polarization are able to provide the relevant aerosol parameters with sufficient accuracy for climate research. Furthermore, retrieval errors are only little affected when the number of viewing angles is increased at the cost of the number of spectral sampling points and vice versa. This indicates that there is a certain amount of freedom for the instrument design of dedicated aerosol instruments. The final choice on the trade-off between the spectral sampling and the number of viewing angles should be made taking other factors into account, such as instrument complexity and the ability to obtain global coverage.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1100) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosol detection
(280.1100) Remote sensing and sensors : Aerosol detection
(290.1090) Scattering : Aerosol and cloud effects
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing

Original Manuscript: September 12, 2006
Revised Manuscript: December 12, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: December 16, 2006
Published: May 15, 2007

Otto P. Hasekamp and Jochen Landgraf, "Retrieval of aerosol properties over land surfaces: capabilities of multiple-viewing-angle intensity and polarization measurements," Appl. Opt. 46, 3332-3344 (2007)

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