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https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2019-37
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Research article 17 Apr 2019

Research article | 17 Apr 2019

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Applying FP_ILM to the retrieval of geometry-dependent effective Lambertian equivalent reflectivity (GE_LER) to account for BRDF effects on UVN satellite measurements of trace gases, clouds and aerosols

Diego G. Loyola, Jian Xu, Klaus-Peter Heue, and Walter Zimmer Diego G. Loyola et al.
  • German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Remote Sensing Technology Institute, Oberpfaffenhofen, 82234 Wessling, Germany

Abstract. The retrieval of trace gas, cloud and aerosol measurements from ultraviolet, visible and near-infrared (UVN) sensors requires precise information on the surface properties that are traditionally obtained from Lambertian equivalent reflectivity (LER) climatologies. The main drawbacks of using such LER climatologies for new satellite missions are (a) climatologies are typically based on previous missions with a significant lower spatial resolution, (b) they usually do not fully take into account the satellite viewing dependencies characterized by the bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF) effects, and (c) climatologies may differ considerably from the actual surface conditions especially under snow/ice situations.

In this paper we present a novel algorithm for the retrieval of geometry-dependent effective Lambertian equivalent reflectivity (GE_LER) from UVN sensors based on the full-physics inverse learning machine (FP_ILM) retrieval. The radiances are simulated using a radiative transfer model that takes into account the satellite viewing geometry and the inverse problem is solved using machine learning techniques to obtain the GE_LER from satellite measurements.

The GE_LER retrieval is optimized for the trace gas retrievals using the DOAS algorithm and the large amount of data of the new atmospheric Sentinel satellite missions. The GE_LER can either be used directly for the computation of AMFs using the effective scene approximation or a global gapless geometry-dependent LER (G3_LER) daily map can be easily created from the GE_LER under clear-sky conditions for the computation of AMFs using the independent pixel approximation.

The FP_ILM GE_LER algorithm is applied to measurements of TROPOMI launched in October 2017 on board the EU/ESA Sentinel-5 Precursor (S5P) mission. The TROPOMI GE_LER/G3_LER results are compared with climatological OMI LER data and the advantages of using GE_LER/G3_LER are demonstrated for the retrieval of total ozone from TROPOMI.

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In this paper we present a novel algorithm for the retrieval of geometry-dependent effective Lambertian equivalent reflectivity (GE_LER) from UVN sensors based on the full-physics inverse learning machine (FP_ILM) retrieval. The FP_ILM GE_LER retrieval is optimized for the trace gas retrievals using the DOAS technique and the large amount of data of TROPOMI on board the EU/ESA Sentinel-5 Precursor mission.
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