Climatic applications of a satellite snow/cloud discrimination sensor

TitleClimatic applications of a satellite snow/cloud discrimination sensor
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1982
AuthorsScharfen, G. R., and Anderson M. R.
Conference Name50th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 50th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1982
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationReno, Nevada
KeywordsCloud cover discrimination, Satellite imagery, Snow cover

As part of a larger project studying the relationships between cloud climatology and the hemispheric boundaries of snow cover (and sea ice), a new technique from satellites was tested. Snow and cloud signatures differ significantly in the 1.61 micro m spectral region. Data from an experimental 1.6 micro m sensor system of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program are compared with DMSP visual and infrared imagery and operational snow indices for eastern North America. Promising results suggest that application of sensors in this bandwidth can aid operational discrimination between satellite observed snow and clouds.