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The Use of Remote Sensing to Resolve the Aerosol Radiative ForcingSatellites are used for remote sensing of aerosol optical thickness and optical properties in order to derive the aerosol direct and indirect radiative forcing of climate. Accuracy of the derived aerosol optical thickness is used as a measure of the accuracy in deriving the aerosol radiative forcing. Several questions can be asked to challenge this concept. Is the accuracy of the satellite-derived aerosol direct forcing limited to the accuracy of the measured optical thickness? What are the spectral bands needed to derive the total aerosol forcing? Does most of the direct or indirect aerosol forcing of climate originate from regions with aerosol concentrations that are high enough to be detected from space? What should be the synergism ground-based and space-borne remote sensing to solve the problem? We shall try to answer some of these questions, using AVIRIS airborne measurements and simulations.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Kaufman, Y. J. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Tanre, D. (Lille-1 Univ. Villeneuve-d'Asoq, France)
Remer, Lorraine (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1999
Subject Category
Earth Resources and Remote Sensing
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.