An inter-comparison between a VIS/IR and a MW satellite-based methods for cloud detection and classification

Vittorioso, Francesca (2015) An inter-comparison between a VIS/IR and a MW satellite-based methods for cloud detection and classification. [Laurea magistrale], Università di Bologna, Corso di Studio in Fisica [LM-DM270]
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This thesis is aimed to assess similarities and mismatches between the outputs from two independent methods for the cloud cover quantification and classification based on quite different physical basis. One of them is the SAFNWC software package designed to process radiance data acquired by the SEVIRI sensor in the VIS/IR. The other is the MWCC algorithm, which uses the brightness temperatures acquired by the AMSU-B and MHS sensors in their channels centered in the MW water vapour absorption band. At a first stage their cloud detection capability has been tested, by comparing the Cloud Masks they produced. These showed a good agreement between two methods, although some critical situations stand out. The MWCC, in effect, fails to reveal clouds which according to SAFNWC are fractional, cirrus, very low and high opaque clouds. In the second stage of the inter-comparison the pixels classified as cloudy according to both softwares have been. The overall observed tendency of the MWCC method, is an overestimation of the lower cloud classes. Viceversa, the more the cloud top height grows up, the more the MWCC not reveal a certain cloud portion, rather detected by means of the SAFNWC tool. This is what also emerges from a series of tests carried out by using the cloud top height information in order to evaluate the height ranges in which each MWCC category is defined. Therefore, although the involved methods intend to provide the same kind of information, in reality they return quite different details on the same atmospheric column. The SAFNWC retrieval being very sensitive to the top temperature of a cloud, brings the actual level reached by this. The MWCC, by exploiting the capability of the microwaves, is able to give an information about the levels that are located more deeply within the atmospheric column.

Tipologia del documento
Tesi di laurea (Laurea magistrale)
Autore della tesi
Vittorioso, Francesca
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Correlatore della tesi
Corso di studio
Curriculum G: Fisica dell'atmosfera e meteorologia
Ordinamento Cds
Parole chiave
inter-comparison vis/ir microwave cloud_classification cloud_detection
Data di discussione della Tesi
18 Dicembre 2015

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