Aerosol Layer Height Retrieval Over Ocean From the Advanced Himawari Imager Using Spectral Reflectance Sensitivity

Hyunkwang Lim, Jhoon Kim, Seoyoung Lee, Yasuko Kasai, Sang Seo Park

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Aerosol layer height (ALH) has been retrieved using multi-angle observations or the O2-O2 and O2-A/B absorption bands. This study attempted to retrieve ALH using the Advanced Himawari Imager (AHI), a single passive imager onboard Himawari-8 and -9. ALH retrieval using geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) satellites is advantageous for monitoring diurnal changes in ALH and understanding long-range transport. Before retrieving the ALH, the aerosol optical properties (AOPs) are retrieved using the green-near infrared (NIR) band, which is relatively insensitive to aerosol height. The retrieved AOPs are used as input to the radiative transfer calculation to compute the top-of-atmosphere (TOA) reflectance of a highly sensitive band (the blue band in this study). Then, the ALH is retrieved using the observed and calculated TOA reflectances. Since the retrieval accuracy of the aerosol optical depth (AOD) is better over the ocean, the retrieval was performed only over the ocean during the Korea-United States Air Quality Study (KORUS-AQ) campaign period. The retrieved ALH was validated using the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP) and high-spectral-resolution Lidar (HSRL).

Original languageEnglish
Article number1000405
JournalIEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Grant funded by the Korea Government [Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT)] under Grant NRF-2020R1C1C1013628 and in part by the research fund of Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) under Grant 1.190139.01.

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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