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Guang, J; Xue, Y; Li, YJ; Liang, SL; Mei, LL; Xu, H (2012). Retrieval of aerosol optical depth over bright land surfaces by coupling bidirectional reflectance distribution function model and aerosol retrieval model. REMOTE SENSING LETTERS, 3(7), 577-584.

A novel aerosol optical depth (AOD) retrieval algorithm is developed by integrating a kernel-driven bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF) model and the multi-satellite AOD retrieval model for Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data. As there is close coupling of AOD and surface reflectance in satellite signal, one will be traditionally assuming a prior in order to solve another one. However, we build a group of equations to solve both AOD and surface reflectance at the same time in our algorithm. Applying this new algorithm to Terra and Aqua MODIS data in Beijing, China, allows AOD and surface reflectance of this region to be retrieved. Results indicate that the MODIS AOD derived from the new method is consistent with AErosol RObotic NETwork (AERONET), with correlation coefficient (R-2) of 0.812 and root mean square error (RMSE) of 0.04 at 0.55 mu m.



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