Title: Consistency of Surface Anisotropy Characterization With Meteosat Observations
Citation: ADVANCES IN SPACE RESEARCH vol. 39 p. 131-135
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC34756
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC34756
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to present the result of the evaluation of the Meteosat Surface Albedo (MSA) product, including the effects due to instrument changes and associated calibration uncertainties. In particular, the consistency of the surface anisotropy characterisation is examined in detail. To this end, observations acquired by two adjacent geostationary spacecrafts, Meteosat-7 and Meteosat5 have been processed with the MSA algorithm. These satellites are located respectively at 0 and 63 degrees East. Data acquired by these two instruments overlap over a large area encompassing most of Africa and the Arabian peninsula. The consistency of the surface anisotropy retrieval is evaluated through a reconstruction of the Meteosat- 5 (-7) observations with the Meteosat-7 (-5) surface anisotropy characterisation. No differences larger than the calibration uncertainties have been found, which indicates that the MSA algorithm accounts correctly for the surface anisotropy and instrument differences.
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