Data retrieval considerations for a spaceborne cloud radar

Byron E. Richards, Ivan Astin

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A cloud radar detection algorithm has been developed to assess the optimum methodology for determining cloud coverage. The radar model was used with cloud data obtained from satellites and within cloud measurements. Form this it was found that the value of returned cloud cover for example is critically dependent on the detection threshold and radar pixel size used. Detection thresholds that minimize the difference between this returned cloud cover and true cloud cover were then found. These were discovered to be strongly dependent on the pixel size but not greatly dependent on the true cloud cover.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-283
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1998
EventSatellite Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere III - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 21 Sept 199821 Sept 1998


  • Data
  • Retrieval
  • Space-borne cloud radar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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