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23 September 2013 An initial assessment of the VIIRS onboard calibration using DCC and desert referenced to the Aqua-MODIS calibration
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The CERES observed EBAF 12-year TOA flux dataset are used to monitor the Earth’s climate and in validating climate models. The associated cloud properties are retrieved from a fusion of MODIS and geostationary imagers. The quality of these cloud properties relies on the absolute calibration of these imagers. The geostationary imager radiances are calibrated against the Aqua-MODIS calibration reference in order to retrieve uniform cloud properties both spatially and temporally. Any calibration discontinuity or artifact may be interpreted as a climate trend. CERES record will be extended using CERES fluxes onboard NPP. CERES will need to tie the VIIRS with the Aqua-MODIS calibration in order to provide a seamless record of cloud and flux properties.

This paper will present initial assessment results for interconsistency between VIIRS and Aqua-MODIS calibration of matching visible channels. Empirically derived exoatmospheric VIIRS radiance models for deep convective clouds and deserts invariant targets are used to assess the initial onboard calibration of VIIRS. The VIIRS models are based on characterizing these invariant targets with Aqua-MODIS as an absolute calibration reference in order to tie the VIIRS calibration to Aqua-MODIS. Correction for spectral band differences in the VIIRS and MODIS channels is performed using the SCIAMACHY hyperspectral data.
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Rajendra Bhatt, David R. Doelling, Benjamin R. Scarino, Arun Gopalan, and Conor O. Haney "An initial assessment of the VIIRS onboard calibration using DCC and desert referenced to the Aqua-MODIS calibration", Proc. SPIE 8866, Earth Observing Systems XVIII, 88660K (23 September 2013); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2024271
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