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A Method for Detection and Transparency Classification of Clouds over Water

Helmut Schiller(1), Carsten Brockmann(2), Hajo Krasemann(1) and Wolfgang Schönfeld(1)

(1) GKSS Research Centre, Inst.f.Coastal Research, Max-Planck-Strasse 1, 21502 Geesthacht, Germany
(2) Brockmann Consult, Max-Planck-Str. 2, 21502 Geesthacht, Germany


The MERIS standard algorithm for detection of thin clouds and ice haze need to be improved significantly for ocean colour applications. We propose a method similar to the Novelty Detection (DOI 10.1007/s10661-006-9538-5) but analysing 12 bands between 412nm and 864nm of top of standard atmosphere (TOSA) reflectances including the smile-corrected oxygen absorption band. Reflectance spectra representing all spectral shapes were selected and classified by experts into different cloud classes. A learning procedure was used to produce the 'spectrum to cloud-transparency' relationship emulating the experts classification.


Workshop presentation

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