9 April 2003 MERIS level 2 products over land: present status and potential improvements
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The detection of Dense Dark Vegetation (DDV) using the Atmospherically Resistant Vegetation Index (ARVI) and then the aerosol retrieval over DDV is the critical point of the atmospheric correction scheme over land for MERIS implemented in the level 2 processor. We present here what we can expect from the MERIS product by applying a MERIS-like land algorithm to SeaWiFS data over Europe. It is shown that the DDV cover is sufficient in summer but not in winter where an extension of the concept of DDV is needed in order to enable an operational aerosol characterisation. A linear relationship between ARVI and reflectance of the extended DDV in the red should allow the use of such grey targets for the retrieval of aerosol optical properties (aerosol optical thickness at 550 nm and Angström coefficient) throughout the year with a little loss of accuracy
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Didier Ramon, Didier Ramon, Richard P. Santer, Richard P. Santer, Jerome Vidot, Jerome Vidot, } "MERIS level 2 products over land: present status and potential improvements", Proc. SPIE 4891, Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds III, (9 April 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.467545; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.467545

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