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Contrails from (A)ATSR data

Hermann Mannstein(1) , Rüdiger Büll(1) , and Knut Dammann(2)

(1) Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Oberpfaffenhofen, 82230 Wessling, Germany
(2) EUMETSAT, Am Kavalleriesand 31, 64295 Darmstadt, Germany


The DLR contrail detection algorithm identifies linear contrails using the infrared split window channels of moderate resolution (~ 1km) satellite data. Within the ESA DUE project 'contrails' this algorithm was adapted to ATSR2 and AATSR. Data from the years 1995, 2000 and 2004 is processed and evaluated for the North Atlantic and European region in order to retrieve information on occurence, extent and properties of linear contrails. The performance of the contrail detection is validated against MERIS data.


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