A study of the time evolution of GERB shortwave calibration by comparison with CERES Edition-3A data

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Title: A study of the time evolution of GERB shortwave calibration by comparison with CERES Edition-3A data
Authors: Parfitt, R
Russell, JE
Bantges, RJ
Clerbaux, N
Brindley, HE
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: This study examines the evolution of the GERB-2 and GERB-1 Edition 1 shortwave radiance calibration between 2004-2007 and 2007-2012 respectively, through comparison with CERES instrument FM1 Edition 3A SSF instantaneous radiances. Two periods when simultaneous observations from both GERB-2 and GERB-1 were available, January 13th to February 11th 2007 and May 1st to May 10th 2007, are also compared. For these two overlap periods respectively, averaged over all CERES ‘unfiltered-to-filtered radiance ratio’ subsets, the GERB-1/CERES unfiltered radiance ratio is on average found to be 1.6% and 1.9% lower than the associated GERB-2/CERES unfiltered radiance ratio. Over the two longer time series the GERB/CERES unfiltered radiance ratio shows a general decrease with time for both GERB-2 and GERB-1. The rate of decrease varies through time but no significant seasonal dependence is seen. Averaged over all subsets the GERB-2/CERES unfiltered radiance ratio showed a decrease of 1.9% between June 2004 and June 2006. Between June 2007 and June 2012, the corresponding decrease in the GERB-1/CERES unfiltered radiance ratio was 6.5%. The evolution of the GERB/CERES unfiltered radiance ratio for both GERB-2 and GERB-1 shows a strong dependence on the CERES unfiltered-to-filtered radiance ratio, indicating that it is spectrally dependent. Further time-series analysis and theoretical work using simulated spectral radiance curves suggests that for GERB-1 the evolution is consistent with a darkening in the GERB shortwave spectral response function which is most pronounced at the shortest wavelengths. For GERB-2, no single spectral cause can be identified, suggesting that the evolution is likely due to a combination of several different effects.
Issue Date: 17-Sep-2016
Date of Acceptance: 7-Sep-2016
ISSN: 0034-4257
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 416
End Page: 427
Journal / Book Title: Remote Sensing of Environment
Volume: 186
Copyright Statement: © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://
Sponsor/Funder: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Funder's Grant Number: JJR/NCEO/ContFP1
Keywords: Geological & Geomatics Engineering
0406 Physical Geography And Environmental Geoscience
0909 Geomatic Engineering
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Space and Atmospheric Physics
Faculty of Natural Sciences

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