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Accession Number N20120017029
Title Monitoring Surface Climate With its Emissivity Derived From Satellite Measurements.
Publication Date Oct 2012
Media Count 7p
Personal Author A. M. Larar D. K. Zhou X. Liu
Abstract Satellite thermal infrared (IR) spectral emissivity data have been shown to be significant for atmospheric research and monitoring the Earth fs environment. Long-term and large-scale observations needed for global monitoring and research can be supplied by satellite-based remote sensing. Presented here is the global surface IR emissivity data retrieved from the last 5 years of Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) measurements observed from the MetOp-A satellite. Monthly mean surface properties (i.e., skin temperature T(sub s)) and emissivity spectra epsilon(sub v) with a spatial resolution of 0.5x0.5-degrees latitude-longitude are produced to monitor seasonal and inter-annual variations. We demonstrate that surface epsilon(sub v) and T(sub s) retrieved with IASI measurements can be used to assist in monitoring surface weather and surface climate change. Surface epsilon(sub v) together with T(sub s) from current and future operational satellites can be utilized as a means of long-term and large-scale monitoring of Earth's surface weather environment and associated changes.
Keywords Annual variations
Atmospheric sounding
Climate change
Earth environment
Earth surface
Infrared radiation
Remote sensing
Satellite observation
Spectral emission
Surface properties

Source Agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NTIS Subject Category 48 - Natural Resources & Earth Sciences
55C - Meteorological Data Collection, Analysis, & Weather Forecast
Corporate Author National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Langley Station, VA. Langley Research Center.
Document Type Conference proceedings
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1313
Contract Number N/A

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