A Parameterization of Broadband Conversion Factors for METEOSAT Visible Radiances

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  • 1 L.A.M.P./I.O.P.G., Université de Clermont II, LA/CNRS n°267, 63170 Aubière, France
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Abstract

The conversion of radiances measured by the METEOSAT visible channel into broadband radiances can be performed as long as the appropriate conversion factors are known. A simple model allowing a spectral description of the optical properties of cloud free atmospheres and land surfaces is used to estimate these conversion factors. A sensitivity study of these factors indicates that a knowledge of the optical properties of the surfaces (described through spectrally averaged albedos and spectral band ratios) is decisive for retrieving broadband conversion factors. A parameterization is proposed which permits estimation of METEOSAT conversion factors for radiation budget calculations.

Abstract

The conversion of radiances measured by the METEOSAT visible channel into broadband radiances can be performed as long as the appropriate conversion factors are known. A simple model allowing a spectral description of the optical properties of cloud free atmospheres and land surfaces is used to estimate these conversion factors. A sensitivity study of these factors indicates that a knowledge of the optical properties of the surfaces (described through spectrally averaged albedos and spectral band ratios) is decisive for retrieving broadband conversion factors. A parameterization is proposed which permits estimation of METEOSAT conversion factors for radiation budget calculations.

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