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The effect of aerosols and clouds on the retrieval of infrared sea surface temperatures

Show simple item record Vazquez-Cuervo, Jorge Armstrong, Edward M. Harris, Andy 2008-06-16T21:05:25Z 2008-06-16T21:05:25Z 2004-10-15
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Climate, Vol. 17, p. 3921-3933, 15 October 2004
dc.description.abstract Comparisons are performed between spatially averaged sea surface temperatures (ASST2) as derived from the second Along-Track Scanning Radiometer (ATSR-2) on board the second European Remote Sensing Satellite (ERS-2) and the NOAA-NASA Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) Oceans Pathfinder dataset (MPFSST). Difference maps, MPFSST 2 ASST2, along with the application of a simple statistical regression model to aerosol and cloud data from the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer ( TOMS), are used to examine the impact of possible aerosol and cloud contamination. Differences varied regionally, but the largest biases were seen off western Africa. Nighttime and daytime differences off western Africa were reduced from -0.5degrees to -0.2degreesC and from -0.1degrees to 0degreesC, respectively. Significant cloud flagging, based on the model, occurred in the Indian Ocean, the equatorial Pacific, and in the vicinity of the Gulf Stream. Comparisons of the MPFSST and the ASST2 with in situ data from the 2002 version of the World Oceanic Database (WOD02) off western Africa show larger mean differences for the MPFSST. The smallest mean differences occurred for nighttime ASST2 - WOD02 with a value of 0.0degrees +/- 0.4degreesC. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Meteorological Society en_US
dc.subject sea surface temperature en_US
dc.subject clouds en_US
dc.subject satellite en_US
dc.subject track scanning radiometer en_US
dc.subject high-resolution radiometer en_US
dc.subject remote sensing
dc.title The effect of aerosols and clouds on the retrieval of infrared sea surface temperatures en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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