Articles | Volume 7, issue 13
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 7, 3633–3637, 2007
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 7, 3633–3637, 2007

  11 Jul 2007

11 Jul 2007

Retrieval of cloud spherical albedo from top-of-atmosphere reflectance measurements performed at a single observation angle

A. Kokhanovsky1, B. Mayer2, W. von Hoyningen-Huene1, S. Schmidt3, and P. Pilewskie3 A. Kokhanovsky et al.
  • 1Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen, Otto Hahn Allee 1, 28334 Bremen, Germany
  • 2Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, 82234 Wessling, Germany
  • 3Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0311, USA

Abstract. The paper is aimed to the derivation of the simple analytical relationship between the cloud spherical albedo and the cloud reflection function in the visible. The relationship obtained can be used for the retrieval of the spherical albedo from backscattered solar light measurements performed by radiometers on geostationary and polar orbiting satellites. The example of the application of the technique to MODIS data is shown.

Final-revised paper