J6.1 On the capability of aerosol remote sensing by CAI-2 imager aboard the GOSAT-2 satellite

Thursday, 10 July 2014: 3:45 PM
Essex Center/South (Westin Copley Place)
Teruyuki Nakajima, University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan; and M. Hashimoto, S. Fukuda, S. Morimoto, H. Takenaka, and Y. Yoshida

The GOSAT satellite (Ibuki) is the first satellite for retrieving the column CO2 (XCO2) and CH4 (XCH4) with its shortwave Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS). In the retrieval algorithm, a correction of the path radiance effect of aerosol scattering/absorption is important to reduce the error in the gaseous absorption. For this purpose, the Cloud and Aerosol Imager (CAI) has been deployed to provide the aerosol information with its five band including a unique 380nm band with 500m FOV. At this wavelength the surface reflectance is very small for improved aerosol remote sensing over arid land surfaces of high reflectance. We like to discuss new remote sensing algorithms with use of this NUV band and also a new multi-pixel formulation to show some results of aerosol remote sensing from CAI to compar with the aerosol optical thickness as derived from surface and also from the algorithm of FTS as a by product of the gaseous retrieval. We also like to discuss a new design of the 2nd CAI (CAI-2) aboard the GOSAT follow-on satellite (GOSAT-2) planned to be launched in 2017. This CAI-2 imager will carry 10 wavelengths including 340nm and 380nm and with two viewing geometries of tilt angles of -20 and +20 degrees along the track to avoid the sun-glitter in the ocean. We like to discuss how the capability of aerosol remote sensing is enhanced with this new design.
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