13th Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography


Mesoscale distribution of spectral actinic flux and photolysis in conditions of variable cloud cover and high surface albedo

Melanie Wetzel, Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV; and W. R. Stockwell, D. Kim, and C. Loughner

A GOES satellite-based retrieval procedure has been developed to derive gridded datasets at high spatial and temporal resolution for mapping UV spectral actinic fluxes and photolysis rates. Radiative transfer models and multispectral satellite image pixel classification methods provide input to the procedure, and ground-based measurements of spectral actinic flux are utilized for verification. Results indicate significant variation in photochemical processes due multiple scattering for locations and time periods with high surface albedo or broken cloud cover. This study demonstrates a need and method for inclusion of mesoscale satellite analysis in air quality forecasting.

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Poster Session 4, Environmental Applications
Tuesday, 21 September 2004, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM

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