Govaerts, YM, Lattanzio, A, Taberner, M, Pinty, B (2008). Generating global surface albedo products from multiple geostationary satellites. REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT, 112(6), 2804-2816.
Operational weather geostationary satellites have acquired data for more than two decades and offer thus the possibility to generate long time series of Essential Climate Variables like surface albedo as suggested by GCOS. This paper investigates the possibility to generate consistent global, to the exception of the polar regions, surface broadband albedo product from these satellites. In this context, the paper addresses two specific issues. Firstly, the spatial consistency of surface albedo derived from five different geostationary satellites is examined in detail. Secondly, this product is compared with the equivalent MODIS one to define the temporal consistency between surface albedo derived with old geostationary instruments and technologically advanced radiometers like MODIS. The analysis of the surface albedo products has revealed a good agreement between the products derived from the various geostationary satellites. Comparison of this global product with the one routinely derived from MODIS shows that on the average, the mean relative difference between these two data sets agree within 10%. These first encouraging results open therefore a new avenue for the exploitation of the archived data for the generation of long time series, covering the last 25 years or so, of global surface albedo from geostationary weather satellites. (C) 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.