Extinetion-to-baekseatter ratios of lofted aerosol layers observed during the first three months of CALIPSO measurements

A. Omar, M. Vaughan, Z. Liu, Y. Hu, J. Reagan, D. Winker

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Abstract

Case studies from the first three months of the Cloud and Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Spaceborne Observations (CALIPSO) measurements of lofted aerosol layers are analyzed using transmittance [Young, 1995] and two-wavelength algorithms [Vaughan et al., 2004] to determine the aerosol extinction-to- backscatter ratios at 532 and 1064 nm. The transmittance method requires clear air below the layer so that the transmittance through the layer can be determined. Suitable scenes are selected from the browse images and clear air below features is identified by low 532 nm backscatter signal and confirmed by low depolarization and color ratios. The transmittance and two-wavelength techniques are applied to a number of lofted layers and the extinction-to- backscatter ratios are compared with values obtained from the CALIPSO aerosol models [Omar et al., 2004]. The results obtained from these studies are used to adjust the aerosol models and develop observations based extinction-to- backscatter ratio look-up tables and phase functions. Values obtained by these techniques are compared to S a determinations using other independent methods with a goal of developing probability distribution functions of aerosol type-specific extinction to backscatter ratios.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2007 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2007
Pages4965-4968
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Event2007 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2007 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Jun 23 2007Jun 28 2007

Publication series

NameInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)

Other

Other2007 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2007
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period6/23/076/28/07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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