Sizing snow grains using backscattered solar light

A. Kokhanovsky, V. V. Rozanov, T. Aoki, D. Odermatt, C. Brockmann, O. Krüger, M. Bouvet, M. Drusch, M. Hori

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    In this article, we describe a technique to determine dry snow grain size from optical observations. The method is based on analysis of the snow reflectance in the near-infrared region, in particular, the Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) band at 865 nm, which is common to many spaceborne optical sensors, is used. In addition, the algorithm is applied to the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) 1240 nm band. It is found that bands located at 1020 and 1240 nm are the most suitable for snow grain size remote-sensing applications. The developedmethod is validated usingMODIS observations over flat snow deposited on a lake ice in Hokkaido, Japan.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)6975-7008
    Number of pages34
    JournalInternational Journal of Remote Sensing
    Issue number22
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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