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The SCIAMACHY cloud products derived using the semi-analytical cloud retrieval algorithm

Alexander Kokhanovsky(3), Vladimir Rozanov(1), Marco Vountas(2), Wolfhardt Lotz(1), Heinrich Bovensmann(1) and John Burrows(1)

(1) University of Bremen, O. Hahn Allee 1, D-28334 Bremen, Germany
(2) University of Bremen, O. Hahn Allee 1, 28334 Bremen, Germany
(3) University of Bremen, O. Hahn Allee 1, D-28334, Germany

Abstract

The paper is devoted to the presentation of the semi-analytical cloud retrieval algorithm developed at Bremen University. The algorithm is capable to derive the cloud top height using SCIAMACHY measurements in the oxygen A-band. The cloud optical thickness is derived from measurements outside gaseous absorption bands. The notion of the phase index is introduced and used to identify ice clouds. SCIAMACHY data for years 2004 and 2005 are analyzed. The global cloud properties as obtained from SCIAMACHY measurements are discussed.

 

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Keywords: ESA European Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne, observation de la terre, earth observation, satellite remote sensing, teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar, chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar, atmospheric chemistry