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Operational cloud classification for the Iberian Peninsula using Meteosat Second Generation and AQUA-AIRS image fusion

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Abstract:

The aim of this work was the adaptation and improvement of a previous cloud detection and classification algorithm that was developed for the Meteosat-7 satellite. The functions of this satellite have now been taken on by the new series of Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) satellites, which are not just replicas but new, much improved versions of their predecessor. The formerly used Advanced/Tiros-N Operational Vertical Sounder (A/TOVS) probe has also been superseded technologically by new sensors with better spatial resolution, capable of carrying out more accurate measurements at a greater number of wavelengths. This is the case of the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor onboard the TERRA and AQUA satellites and of the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) probe. In this context, new potential improvements are analysed for this algorithm by using these new platforms and sensors and the results are compared to those obtained in the first classification.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431160902882553

Affiliations: 1: Laboratorio de Teledeteccion, LATUV, Paseo de Belen, 1, Edificio I+D, Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain,Departamento de Fisica de la Tierra II, Facultad de Fisica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain 2: Laboratorio de Teledeteccion, LATUV, Paseo de Belen, 1, Edificio I+D, Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain 3: Departamento de Fisica de la Tierra II, Facultad de Fisica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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