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The Application of PCRTM Physical Retrieval Methodology for IASI Cloudy Scene...

Wu, W., Xu Liu, D. K. Zhou, A. Larar, Q. Yang, S. H. Kizer, and Q. Liu (2017), The Application of PCRTM Physical Retrieval Methodology for IASI Cloudy Scene Analysis, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 55, 5042-5056, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2017.2702006.
Abstract: 

This paper applies a physical inversion approach to retrieve geophysical properties from the single instrumental field-of-view (FOV) spectral radiances measured by the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) under all-sky conditions. We demonstrate the use of a principalcomponent-based radiative transfer model (PCRTM) and a physical inversion methodology to simultaneously retrieve cloud radiative and microphysical properties along with atmospheric thermodynamic parameters. By using a fast parameterization scheme, the PCRTM can include the cloud scattering properties simulation in radiative transfer calculations without incurring much more computational cost. The computational speed achieved for a single FOV forward simulation under cloudy skies is similar to that normally achieved for clear skies. The retrieval algorithm introduced herein adopts a novel cloud phase determination scheme, to stabilize and/or constrain retrieval iterations, based on characteristics of the reflectance and transmittance of ice and water clouds. A modified Gaussian–Newton minimization technique is employed in the iterative inversion process in order to overcome a highly nonlinear cost function introduced by the cloud parameters. We carry out a rigorous error analysis for the retrieval of temperature, moisture, ozone (O3 ), and carbon monoxide (CO) from IASI measurements under cloudy-sky conditions. Our algorithm is applied to real IASI observations. Retrieval results are validated using European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting data and collocated Lidar/Radar measurements, and the dependence of retrieval accuracy on cloud optical depth is illustrated.

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