Garcia, OE, Diaz, AM, Exposito, FJ, Diaz, JP, Gelado, MD, Guirado, C (2009). A methodology to evaluate the aerosol effective radius based on MODIS aerosol products applicable to other satellite platforms. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING, 30(9), 2197-2214.
A strategy to evaluate the effective radius (r(eff)) as a function of aerosol retrievals is provided in this work. This methodology is based on the MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aerosol products, using the 0.66 and 0.87 mu m bands. These data have been studied from February 2000 to December 2005 in a grid situated at Subtropical North-east Atlantic region. To reduce the number of MODIS useful variables a Factorial Analysis by Principal Components has been applied, decreasing the aerosol parameters from 18 to five. With these parameters, backscattering ratios and asymmetry factors at 0.66 and 0.87 mu m besides the Angstrom parameter, a lineal multivariate analysis technique has been applied to find the combination of variables that better evaluate the r(eff). The standard error for the predicted value of r(eff) is +/- 0.09 mu m. The expression obtained here has the advantage that it can be applied to other remote sensors like AVHRR/NOAA, HRV/SPOT, TM/LANDSAT, and so on, with long time series.