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Potential of MSG for surface temperature and emissivity estimation: considerations for real-time applications

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Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) will provide data with an unprecedented combination of spatial, temporal, and spectral resolutions from geostationary orbit for Africa, and most of Europe and the Atlantic ocean. This article focuses on the potential of MSG's Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) for Land Surface Temperature (LST) and emissivity estimation. SEVIRI's advantages over the Meteosat Visible and Infrared Imager (MVIRI) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) are outlined. On the basis of SEVIRI's spectral and temporal resolutions the Thermal Infrared Spectral Indices (TISI) day/night method is selected for estimating emissivity. The concept of using the Sun as an active source in the 3-4 m window is summarized and SEVIRI-specific coefficients required by the TISI day/night method are supplied. The sensitivity of the method to atmospheric conditions and to surface emissivity is analysed using simulated radiances for standard atmospheres and channel emissivities derived from spectral laboratory measurements of different surface types. In order to obtain a fast and accurate procedure for the estimation of channel emissivities and LST, the combination of the TISI day/night method with a neural network (NN) for calculating atmospheric variables is proposed.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: October 20, 2002

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