1 September 2005 Role of the advanced IR sounder in land surface remote sensing
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A new era of Earth remote sensing began with the launch of the NASA EOS Aqua platform with the Atmospheric InfraRed Sounder (AIRS) in May 2002. The EOS AIRS instrument is the first in a series of high spectral resolution infrared spectrometers that will allow improved characterization of the global atmospheric temperature and water vapor structure. Follow-on operational sensors with similar sounding capability include the Cross-track InfraRed Sounder (CrIS) on the NPP/NPOESS satellites and the Infrared Advanced Sounding Interferometer (IASI) on the European METOP series. These so-called advanced infrared sounders will have a vital role to play in the remote sensing of land ecosystems. This paper describes how the use of Advanced IR Sounder data can be used to improve the accuracy of atmospheric corrections in the thermal IR and provide detailed information on the spectral dependence of the infrared land surface emissivity. Radiance observations from AIRS have been obtained over a large, uniform sandy desert region in the Libyan Desert suitable for evaluation of the 15-km footprints of the NASA AIRS advanced sounder. Analysis of this data indicates a spectral contrast of more than 30% between 12 mm and 9 mm in the surface infrared emissivity due to the presence of the mineral quartz with somewhat smaller contrast at 4 mm. Results of a method for separation of infrared surface emissivity and effective surface skin temperature are presented also.
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Robert O. Knuteson, Robert O. Knuteson, } "Role of the advanced IR sounder in land surface remote sensing", Proc. SPIE 5884, Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability II, 588401 (1 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.616927; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.616927

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