Title: Effects of Cosine Error in Irradiance Measurements from Field Ocean Color Radiometers
Citation: APPLIED OPTICS vol. 46 no. 22 p. 5529-5538
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC36806
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC36806
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The cosine error of in situ seven-channel radiometers designed to measure the in-air downward irradiance for ocean color applications, was investigated in the 412-683 nm spectral range with a sample of three instruments. The inter-channel variability of cosine errors showed values generally lower than +/-3% below 50 degrees incidence angle with extreme values of approximately 4-20% (absolute) at 50-80 degrees for the channels at 412 ad 443 nm. The intra-channel variability, estimated from the standard deviation of the cosine errors of different sensors for each center-wavelength, displayed values generally lower than 2% for incidence angles up to 50 degrees and occasionally increasing up to 6% at 80 degrees. Simulations of total downward irradiance measurements, accounting for average angular responses of the investigated radiometers, were made with an accurate radiative transfer code. The estimated errors showed significant dependence on wavelength, sun zenith and aerosol optical thickness. For a clear sky maritime atmosphere, these errors displayed values spectrally varying and generally within +/-3%, with extreme values of approximately 4-10% (absolute) at 40-80 degrees sun zenith for the channels at 412 and 443 nm. Schemes for minimizing the cosine errors have also been proposed and discussed.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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