Abstract

Optical depth retrieval by means of Langley regression is complicated by cloud transits and other time-varying interferences. An algorithm is described that objectively selects data points from a continuous time series and performs the required regression. The performance of this algorithm is compared by a double-blind test with an analysis done subjectively. The limits to accuracy imposed by time-averaged data are discussed, and an additional iterative postprocessing algorithm is described that improves the accuracy of optical depth inferences made from data with time-averaging periods longer than 5 min. Such routine algorithms are required to provide intercomparable retrievals of optical depths from widely varying historical data sets and to support large networks of instruments such as the multifilter rotating shadow-band radiometer.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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