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Meister, G, Kwiatkowska, EJ, Franz, BA, Patt, FS, Feldman, GC, McClain, CR (2005). Moderate-resolution imaging spectroradiometer ocean color polarization correction. APPLIED OPTICS, 44(26), 5524-5535.

The polarization correction for the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instruments on the Terra and Aqua satellites is described. The focus is on the prelaunch polarization characterization and on the derivation of polarization correction coefficients for the processing of ocean color data. The effect of the polarization correction is demonstrated. The radiances at the top of the atmosphere need to be corrected by as much as 3.2% in the 412 nm band. The effect on the water-leaving radiances can exceed 50%. The polarization correction produces good agreement of the MODIS Aqua water-leaving radiance time series with data from another, independent satellite-based ocean color sensor, the Sea-Viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS). (c) 2005 Optical Society of America.



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