Outgoing longwave radiation at the top of the atmosphere: preliminary assessment using GOES-8 imager data

GOES-8 Imager radiances in water vapor and infrared channels 3, 4 and 5 were used for assessing outgoing longwave radiation (OLR) at the top of the atmosphere. Estimation by ITPP5 software applied to HIRS/NOAA 14 passes over Brazil was considered as "true reference". Imagery from both satellites is currently acquired and processed at CPTEC/INPE. GOES full-resolution imagery allows assessment of mean irradiance for sets of GOES pixels contained within the area of a single HIRS pixel. Additional GOES variables were estimated, such as: an "equivalent channel" at 8 mm and a "longwave tail" for l>15 mm (this one is not detected neither by HIRS nor GOES sensors). Isotropic outgoing radiance was assumed. Multivariate regression of GOES irradiances on OLR ITPP estimates provided a GOES estimator with accuracy comparable with others already published and based on AVHRR/NOAA information. It was found that a regression based only on channel 4 and the longwave tail yielded estimates with the same accuracy: mean deviation of 3 W.m-2 and standard deviation of 11 W.m-2. The application for another period in the year, averaged over 1º´1º grid cells, yielded similar mean deviation and standard deviation of 7 W.m-2. These results suggest that the algorithm applied in this work has physical rather than purely statistical meaning and could be used for OLR monitoring in daily and seasonal scales.

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Main Authors: Ceballos,Juan Carlos, Lima,Wagner Flauber Araújo, Souza,Jaidete Monteiro de
Format: Digital revista
Published: Sociedade Brasileira de Geofísica 2003
Online Access:http://old.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0102-261X2003000100005
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