Sky type discrimination using a ground-based sun photometer

Atmospheric Research
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Abstract

A 2-year feasibility study was conducted at the USGS EROS Data Center, South Dakota (43.733°N, 96.6167°W) to assess whether a four-band, ground-based, sun photometer could be used to discriminate sky types. The results indicate that unique spectral signatures do exist between sunny skies (including clear and hazy skies) and cirrus, and cirrostratus, altocumulus or fair-weather cumulus, and thin stratocumulus or altostratus, and fog/fractostratus skies. There were insufficient data points to represent other cloud types at a statistically significant level.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Sky type discrimination using a ground-based sun photometer
Series title Atmospheric Research
DOI 10.1016/S0169-8095(01)00122-3
Volume 59-60
Year Published 2001
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 17 p.
First page 313
Last page 329
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Additional Online Files (Y/N) N