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Stereo cloud‐top height retrieval with ASTER and MISR

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The combined multi‐view photogrammetric retrieval of cloud‐top height (CTH) from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) and the Multi‐angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) is discussed. Although ASTER was designed mainly for land applications, the synergistic use of MISR and ASTER is shown to be valuable for 3D cloud analysis. A new cloud‐adapted matching algorithm based on least‐squares matching (LSM) was used for the photogrammetric processing of both MISR and ASTER. The methods were applied to an ASTER scene over Zürich‐Kloten, Switzerland, in April 2002, which was acquired on‐demand. This case study, with coincident ASTER, MISR and Meteosat‐6 10‐minute Rapid Scans, is treated in detail. As a matching validation option it is shown that, by chance, the cloud motion error for the MISR An‐Aa and ASTER stereo CTHs is approximately the same, independent of the actual cloud height and cloud motion. It was therefore possible to evaluate the accuracy of the MISR An‐Aa matching versus the ASTER matching, independent of artefacts due to the subsequent wind correction. The results were also compared to the operational MISR L2TC stereo CTH results. The results obtained by each of these methods yield consistent values for CTH (uncorrected for wind motion).

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH, ETH‐Hönggerberg, 8093 Zürich, Switzerland 2: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109, USA

Publication date: 2006-05-10

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