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Deriving Albedo from Coupled MERIS and MODIS Surface ProductsMERIS Level 2 surface reflectance products are now available to the scientific community. This paper demonstrates the production of MERIS-derived surface albedo and Nadir Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) adjusted reflectances by coupling the MERIS data with MODIS BRDF products. Initial efforts rely on the specification of surface anisotropy as provided by the global MODIS BRDF product for a first guess of the shape of the BRDF and then make use all of the coincidently available, partially atmospherically corrected, cloud cleared, MERIS observations to generate MERIS-derived BRDF and surface albedo quantities for each location. Comparisons between MODIS (aerosol-corrected) and MERIS (not-yet aerosol-corrected) surface values from April and May 2003 are also presented for case studies in Spain and California as well as preliminary comparisons with field data from the Devil's Rock Surfrad/BSRN site.
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Conference Paper
Gao, Feng
(Boston Univ. Boston, MA, United States)
Schaaf, Crystal
(Boston Univ. Boston, MA, United States)
Jin, Yu-Fang
(Maryland Univ. College Park, MD, United States)
Lucht, Wolfgang
(Potsdam-Inst. fuer Klimafolgenforschung Potsdam, Germany)
Strahler, Alan
(Boston Univ. Boston, MA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2004
Subject Category
Meeting Information
Meeting: MERIS Users Workshop
Location: Frascati
Country: Italy
Start Date: November 10, 2004
End Date: November 14, 2004
Sponsors: European Space Agency
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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