Modeling Polarized Solar Radiation for Correction of Satellite Data

Monday, 15 December 2014: 3:25 PM
Wenbo Sun, Science Systems and Applications, Inc. Hampton, Hampton, VA, United States
Reflected solar radiation from the Earth-atmosphere system is polarized. If a non-polarimetric sensor has some polarization dependence, it can result in errors in the measured radiance. To correct the polarization-caused errors in satellite data, the polarization state of the reflected solar light must be known. In this presentation, recent studies of the polarized solar radiation from the ocean-atmosphere system with the adding-doubling radiative-transfer model (ADRTM) are reported. The modeled polarized solar radiation quantities are compared with PARASOL satellite measurements and DISORT model results. Sensitivities of reflected solar radiation’s polarization to various ocean-surface and atmospheric conditions are addressed. A novel super-thin cloud detection method based on polarization measurements is also discussed. This study demonstrates that the modeling can provide a reliable approach for making the spectral Polarization Distribution Models (PDMs) for satellite inter-calibration applications of NASA’s future Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) mission.

Key words: Reflected solar radiation, polarization, correction of satellite data.