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A Method for Estimating Clear-Sky Instantaneous Land-Surface Longwave Radiation With GOES Sounder and GOES-R ABI Data

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2 Author(s)
Wenhui Wang ; Syst. Group, Rockville, MD, USA ; Shunlin Liang

This letter presents new models for estimating clear-sky instantaneous longwave radiation over land surfaces using the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) Sounders and GOES-R Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) thermal infrared top-of-atmosphere (TOA) radiances. The method used in this study shares the same hybrid method framework designed for Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer. We propose separate surface downward longwave radiation (LWDN) and upwelling longwave radiation (LWUP) models because the two components are dominated by different surface/atmospheric properties. A nonlinear model was developed to estimate LWDN, and a linear model was developed to estimate LWUP. The GOES-12 Sounder-derived LWDN, LWUP, and surface net longwave radiation (LWNT = LWUP-LWDN) were evaluated using one full-year of ground data from the Surface Radiation Budget Network. The root-mean-squared errors (rmses) are less than 22.03 W/m2 at all four sites. Our study indicates that the hybrid method can also be applied to estimate LWUP using the future GOES-R ABI TOA radiances. The lack of a channel beyond 13.3 m in the proposed ABI design may cause larger rmses when estimating LWDN.

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IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 4 )