Albert, P, Bennartz, R, Preusker, R, Leinweber, R, Fischer, J (2005). Remote sensing of atmospheric water vapor using the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer. JOURNAL OF ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEANIC TECHNOLOGY, 22(3), 309-314.
This paper presents first validation results for an algorithm developed for the retrieval of integrated columnar water vapor from measurements of the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on board the polar-orbiting Terra and Aqua platforms. The algorithm is based on the absorption of reflected solar radiation by atmospheric water vapor and allows the retrieval of integrated water vapor above cloud-free land surfaces. A comparison of the retrieved water vapor with measurements of the Microwave Water Radiometer at the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Southern Great Plains (SGP) site for a 10-month period in 2002 showed an rms deviation of 1.7 kg m(-2) and a bias of 0.6 kg m(-2). A comparison with radio soundings in central Europe from July 2002 to April 2003 showed an rms deviation of 2 kg m(-2) and a bias of -0.8 kg m(-2).