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FROM VOLUME 5, NUMBER 5, MAY 1992
EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE: REMOTE SENSING APPLICATIONS
"Remote Sensing of Cloud, Aerosol and Water Vapor Properties from
the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS)," M.D. King
(NASA-Goddard, Greenbelt MD 20771), Y.J. Kaufman et al., IEEE Trans. Geosci.
Remote Sensing, 30(1), 2-27, Jan. 1992.
Describes the status of the MODIS instruments being developed for the Earth
Observing System, and methods being developed for determining the optical,
microphysical and physical properties of clouds and aerosol particles from
spectral reflection and thermal emission measurements.
"Evaluation of Multichannel Sea Surface Temperature [MCSST] Product
Quality for Climate Monitoring: 1982-1988," J.J. Bates (CMDL, NOAA, 325
Broadway, Boulder CO 80303), H.F. Diaz, J. Geophys. Res., 96(C11),
20,613-20,622, Nov. 15, 1991.
Satellite-derived MCSST data were evaluated relative to in situ data
from the comprehensive ocean-atmosphere data set (COADS). Accurate monitoring of
SST variability in the southern oceans requires satellite data, but because of
the stringent accuracy requirements of SST data for climate monitoring, the
utility of MCSST data alone for this purpose is only marginal.
"Using Sparse Raingauges to Test Satellite-Based Rainfall
Algorithms," M.L. Morrissey (Meteor. Dept., Univ. Hawaii, Honolulu HI
96822), ibid., 96(D10), 18,561-18,571, Oct. 20, 1991.
Presents a statistical method for the development, calibration and
verification of satellite-based rainfall algorithms, which is best applied over
the open ocean regions. Illustrates the method using simulated rain fields, and
uses it to calibrate a simple algorithm applied to Pacific atoll data.
"Multispectral Satellite Data in the Context of Land Surface Heat
Balance," B.J. Choudhury (Hydrolog. Sci. Br., NASA-Goddard, Greenbelt MD
20771), Rev. Geophys., 29(2), 217-236, May 1991.
Reviews the use of satellite data to develop and apply highly sophisticated
models of the exchanges of radiation, heat and momentum between the land surface
and the atmosphere at mesoscales and global scales. Further study is needed to
explore more effective use of remotely sensed data for vegetation in heat
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