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Title: A methodology to evaluate the aerosol effective radius based on MODIS aerosol products applicable to other satellite platforms
Authors: García, Omaira E.
Díaz, Ana M.
Expósito, Francisco J.
Díaz, Juan P.
Gelado, María D. 
Guirado, Carmen
UNESCO Clasification: 2502 Climatología
Keywords: Saharan Dust
Radiative Properties
Phase Function
Instrument, et al
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: 0143-1161
Project: Interreg Iii B: Clima y Meteorología de Archipiélagos Atlánticos (Climaat-Ii). 
Journal: International Journal of Remote Sensing 
Abstract: A strategy to evaluate the effective radius (r eff) as a function of aerosol retrievals is provided in this work. This methodology is based on the MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aerosol products, using the 0.66 and 0.87 µm bands. These data have been studied from February 2000 to December 2005 in a grid situated at Subtropical North‐east Atlantic region. To reduce the number of MODIS useful variables a Factorial Analysis by Principal Components has been applied, decreasing the aerosol parameters from 18 to five. With these parameters, backscattering ratios and asymmetry factors at 0.66 and 0.87 µm besides the Ångström parameter, a lineal multivariate analysis technique has been applied to find the combination of variables that better evaluate the r eff. The standard error for the predicted value of r eff is ±0.09 µm. The expression obtained here has the advantage that it can be applied to other remote sensors like AVHRR/NOAA, HRV/SPOT, TM/LANDSAT, and so on, with long time series.
ISSN: 0143-1161
DOI: 10.1080/01431160802549302
Source: International Journal of Remote Sensing [ISSN 0143-1161], v. 30, p. 2197-2214
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