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Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite : A New Operational Cloud Imager - Keith D. Hutchison

Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite

A New Operational Cloud Imager

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The Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) is the next-generation multispectral imaging instrument to fly on US operational, polar-orbiting meteorological satellites. VIIRS will gather data across 22 spectral bands and be used to create products for a variety of applications including weather forecasting and climate change studies. VIIRS consolidates the best features of heritage instruments, including near-constant resolution and nighttime visible imagery. Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite: A New Operational Cloud Imager provides the first comprehensive guide on the design and exploitation of cloud data collected by the VIIRS.
Expert researchers Hutchison and Cracknell discuss the fundamental principles necessary to interpret surface and cloud features in multispectral meteorological satellite imagery. They begin by tracing the evolution of satellite meteorology and detailing previous instruments on which VIIRS is based. Next, they examine the user requirements for VIIRS data products and the studies used to convert these requirements into sensor design parameters. The focus then shifts to the principles and techniques used to exploit VIIRS cloud data. The book ends with a comprehensive discussion of automated processes to retrieve 3-dimensional cloud fields from a variety of algorithms, some of which were developed for the VIIRS.
Supplying material for both experienced researchers and those new to the field, Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite is a must-read for anyone interested in evaluating and using the data gathered from the VIIRS project.

Introductionp. 1
Satellite Meteorologyp. 1
Overview of Numerical Weather Prediction Modelingp. 1
Evolution of Observational Data for Numerical Weather Prediction Modelingp. 2
Additional Applications of Meteorological Satellite Datap. 8
Sea Surface Temperature Analysesp. 9
Climate Modelingp. 13
Tropical Storm Monitoringp. 16
Satellite-Derived Wind Fieldsp. 17
Meteorological Satellite Systemsp. 21
Evolution of Satellites and Sensorsp. 21
Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite Systemsp. 22
The Advanced TIROS-N Satellite Seriesp. 25
Defense Meteorological Satellite Programp. 29
NASA Earth Observing System Programp. 35
Other Polar-orbiting Meteorological Satellite Systemsp. 40
The Proposed EUMETSAT Meteorological Operational Seriesp. 41
Geostationary Meteorological Satellite Systemsp. 43
The National Polor-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite Systemp. 48
VIIRS Imagery Design Analysisp. 55
VIIRS Environmental Data Record Requirements Overviewp. 55
VIIRS Imagery Requirementsp. 56
Cloud Applications-Related Imagery Requirementsp. 58
Cloud Coverp. 60
Cloud Typep. 60
Value of Manually Generated Cloud Analysesp. 62
Performance Verification of Automated Cloud Modelsp. 62
Quality Control of Automated Cloud Analysesp. 64
VIIRS Imagery Requirements Analysisp. 67
Theoretical Basis for Manual Cloud Analysesp. 67
Overview of Approach to Instrument Designp. 71
Cloud Top Phase Classificationsp. 189
Cloud Optical (Thickness and Particle Size) Propertiesp. 192
Retrieval for Water Clouds During Daytime Conditionsp. 194
Retrieval for Ice Cloud Microphysical Propertiesp. 199
Retrieval of Ice Cloud Properties in Daytime Imageryp. 200
Retrieval of Ice Cloud Properties in Nighttime Imageryp. 201
Cloud Top (Temperature, Pressure, and Height) Parametersp. 204
Cloud Base Heightsp. 205
Cloud Base Heights Retrieved for Water Cloudsp. 205
Cloud Base Heights Retrieved for Ice Cloudsp. 206
Ancillary Data and Products from Other Sensorsp. 207
Integration of VIIRS, CMIS, and Conventional Cloud Base Observationsp. 208
Referencesp. 211
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780415321297
ISBN-10: 0415321298
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 1st November 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.23 x 20.93  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1