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First results of the POLDER “Earth Radiation Budget and Clouds” operational algorithm

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7 Author(s)
Parol, F. ; Lab. d''Opt. Atmos., Univ. des Sci. et Tech. de Lille Flandres Artois, Villeneuve d''Ascq, France ; Buriez, J.-C. ; Vanbauce, C. ; Couvert, P.
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The POLDER instrument is devoted to global observations of the solar radiation reflected by the Earth-atmosphere system. Algorithms of the “Earth Radiation Budget and Clouds” processing line implemented at the French Space Center are applied to ADEOS-POLDER data. First results on derived cloud properties are presented from POLDER level 2 data of 10 November 1996 and level 3 products of June 1997. A good correlation is observed between the POLDER cloud detection algorithm and the Dynamical Clustering Method applied to METEOSAT data. The multidirectional capability of POLDER appears useful to check schemes of cloud optical thickness retrieval. As expected, a water droplet model is suitable for liquid water clouds and inadequate for ice clouds. That indirectly validates the algorithm of cloud phase recognition. An apparent pressure is derived from O2-absorption measurements and a Rayleigh cloud pressure from polarization observations. For overcast conditions, the apparent pressure is larger (by more than 100 hPa) than the Rayleigh pressure chiefly due to the photon penetration effect. For partly cloudy conditions, it can be larger or weaker depending on the surface reflectivity. Preliminary comparisons between POLDER and ISCCP monthly mean products outline some differences resulting in part from the original characteristics of POLDER

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:37 ,  Issue: 3 )