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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 19 — Sep. 12, 2011
  • pp: 18602–18613

Comparison of full-sky polarization and radiance observations to radiative transfer simulations which employ AERONET products

Nathan J. Pust, Andrew R. Dahlberg, Michael J. Thomas, and Joseph A. Shaw  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 19, pp. 18602-18613 (2011)

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Visible-band and near infrared polarization and radiance images measured with a ground-based full-sky polarimeter are compared against a successive orders of scattering (SOS) radiative transfer model for 2009 summer cloud-free days in Bozeman, Montana, USA. The polarimeter measures radiance and polarization in 10-nm bands centered at 450 nm, 490 nm, 530 nm, 630 nm, and 700 nm. AERONET products are used to represent aerosols in the SOS model, while MISR satellite BRF products are used for the surface reflectance. While model results generally agree well with observation, the simulated degree of polarization is typically higher than observed data. Potential sources of this difference may include cloud contamination and/or underestimation of the AERONET-retrieved aerosol real refractive index. Problems with the retrieved parameters are not unexpected given the low aerosol optical depth range (0.025 to 0.17 at 500 nm) during the study and the corresponding difficulties that these conditions pose to the AERONET inversion algorithm.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1110) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosols
(010.1310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric scattering
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging
(010.5620) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Radiative transfer

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: June 24, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 1, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 2, 2011
Published: September 8, 2011

Nathan J. Pust, Andrew R. Dahlberg, Michael J. Thomas, and Joseph A. Shaw, "Comparison of full-sky polarization and radiance observations to radiative transfer simulations which employ AERONET products," Opt. Express 19, 18602-18613 (2011)

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