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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 8 — Mar. 10, 2009
  • pp: 1452–1462

Retrievals of mixed-phase cloud properties during the National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System

Steve S. C. Ou, K. N. Liou, X. J. Wang, D. Hagan, A. Dybdahl, M. Mussetto, L. D. Carey, J. Niu, J. A. Kankiewicz, S. Kidder, and T. H. Vonder Haar  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 8, pp. 1452-1462 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.48.001452


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Abstract

We describe a novel approach developed for the National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System/Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) to retrieve pixel-level mixed-phase cloud optical thicknesses and effective particle sizes using 0.67, 1.6, 2.25, and 3.7 μm bands reflectance/radiance. This approach utilizes lookup tables of reflectances constructed from radiative transfer simulations and a numerical iterative search method. The capability of this new approach was demonstrated using Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data as proxy to VIIRS. Two proxy scenes, 14 October 2001 over North Platte, Nebraska, during the ninth Cloud Layer Experiment (CLEX-9) and 9 November 2006 over the Great Lakes and Eastern Canada during the Canadian CloudSat/Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations Validation Project (C3VP), were analyzed. The performance of the mixed-phase retrieval algorithm was assessed by comparison with the MODIS retrieval products, airborne in situ observations during CLEX-9 and CloudSat data during C3VP.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(280.1310) Remote sensing and sensors : Atmospheric scattering
(010.1615) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Clouds

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 27, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 27, 2009
Published: March 3, 2009

Citation
Steve S. C. Ou, K. N. Liou, X. J. Wang, D. Hagan, A. Dybdahl, M. Mussetto, L. D. Carey, J. Niu, J. A. Kankiewicz, S. Kidder, and T. H. Vonder Haar, "Retrievals of mixed-phase cloud properties during the National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System," Appl. Opt. 48, 1452-1462 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-48-8-1452

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