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Polarimetric Remote Sensing: Aerosols and Clouds

Polarimetric Remote Sensing: Aerosols and Clouds

Zhibo Zhang (Editor), Steven Platnick (Editor), Ping Yang (Editor), Bryan Baum (Editor), Jerome Riedi (Editor), Alexander Kokhanovsky (Series Editor)

ISBN: 978-3-527-69888-2

Mar 2019

250 pages

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Description

A short and concise treatment of satellite-based polarimetric remote sensing of cloud and aerosol properties, streamlined to facilitate the cover-to-cover walk-through of a 10-week course.
The textbook starts with an overview of the climatic importance of cloud and aerosol and a brief introduction to their key properties, helping readers to understand the motivation behind their polarimetric remote sensing. As such, it covers basic definitions of polarimetric parameters, polarimetric signatures of scattering by cloud and aerosol particles, polarimetric radiative transfer in planetary atmosphere, sources and boundary conditions, as well as examples of the sensing of key cloud and aerosol properties.
Throughout, the book maintains an appropriate balance between the basic concepts and practical applications, allowing readers to achieve a high-level conceptual understanding without overloading them with complicated equations or technical details.
The result is a much-needed bridge between the classic textbooks on the topic and the large volume of scientific literature available. The material is presented at a level that is typical of upper-division graduate courses in physics, or a topical short course in remote sensing.
OVERVIEW
Climatic Effects of Clouds and Aerosols
Physical and Optical Properties of Clouds and Aerosols
Information Content in Remote Sensing

BASIC CONCEPTS AND DEFINITIONS
Polarization Parameters
Polarimetric Instruments and Measurements

POLARIZATION OF THE SCATTERING BY CLOUD AND AEROSOL PARTICLES
Single Scattering and Bulk Scattering Properties
Scattering Properties of Cloud Particles
Scattering Properties of Aerosols
Rayleigh Scattering

SOURCES AND BOUNDARY CONDITIONS
Sources
The Sun
Active Sensors
Boundary Conditions
Ocean Surface
Land Surface

TRANSFER OF POLARIZED RADIATION IN THE ATMOSPHERE
Basic Equations
Methods for Solving Polarized Radiative Transfer Equation
Publicly available Codes

REMOTE SENSING OF CLOUD PROPERTIES FROM POLARIMETRIC MEASUREMENTS
Cloud Thermal Dynamic Phase
Cloud Particle effective Radius
Ice Cloud Particle Shapes

REMOTE SENSING OF AEROSOL PROPERTIES FROM POLARIMETRIC MEASUREMENTS
Aerosol Optical Depth
Aerosol single Scattering Albedo and Asymmetry Parameter
Aerosol Size Distribution