Abstract

A new algorithm for cloud detection over sea surface has been developed that makes use of autocorrelation and cross correlation between a real spectrum and either a synthetic or a laboratory spectrum. The scheme is intended for high-spectral-resolution satelliteborne infrared sensors that will measure the Earth’s entire emission spectrum rather than the upwelling radiance in a few channels. A new index is defined with which one can determine quantitatively the degree of homogeneity of two spectra in the 800–900-cm-1 (11.11–12.5 µm) window region. The index makes use of only the observed spectrum along with a reference synthetic spectrum and, therefore, may form the basis for an operational stand-alone cloud-detection algorithm for next-generation high-spectral-resolution infrared sensors. Application both to synthetic spectra obtained in simulation and to sea-surface real spectra recorded through the interferometric monitor for greenhouse gases is considered.

© 2000 Optical Society of America

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