Skip all navigation and jump to content Jump to site navigation
About MODIS News Data Tools /images2 Science Team Science Team Science Team

   + Home
MODIS Publications Link
MODIS Presentations Link
MODIS Biographies Link
MODIS Science Team Meetings Link



Kokhanovsky, AA; Painemal, D; Rozanov, VV (2013). The Intercomparison of Satellite-Derived and In Situ Profiles of Droplet Effective Radii in Marine Stratocumulus Clouds. IEEE GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING LETTERS, 10(5), 1147-1151.

It was found that the satellite spectral measurements can be used not only for the determination of cloud top effective radii but also for retrieving the effective radii vertical profile in some specific cases (e.g., for low marine stratocumulus clouds with negligible effects of horizontal variability). The inversion algorithm was applied to Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) radiances (at the wavelengths of 0.865, 1.24, 1.6, and 2.1 mu m), and the results were validated against in situ airborne measurements of cloud vertical profiles of the effective radius. We found that the results were more reliable for the cases with large vertical gradients of droplet sizes. The new retrieval method, based on the optimal estimation approach, enabled a higher accuracy of the liquid water path estimate than that produced with the standard MODIS vertically homogeneous algorithm.



NASA Home Page Goddard Space Flight Center Home Page