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Hannadige. et al. 2023

Hannadige., N.K., P.-W. Zhai, M. Gao, Y. Hu, P.J. Werdell, K. Knobelspiesse, and B. Cairns, 2023: Performance evaluation of three bio-optical models in aerosol and ocean color joint retrievals. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 16, no. 23, 5749-5770, doi:10.5194/amt-16-5749-2023.

Multi-angle polarimeters (MAPs) are powerful instruments to perform remote sensing of the environment. Joint retrieval algorithms of aerosols and ocean color have been developed to extract the rich information content of MAPs. These are optimization algorithms that fit the sensor measurements with forward models, which include radiative transfer simulations of the coupled atmosphere and ocean systems (CAOSs). The forward model consists of sub-models to represent the optics of the atmosphere, ocean water surface and ocean body. The representativeness of these models for observed scenes and the number of retrieval parameters are important for retrieval success. In this study, we have evaluated the impact of three different ocean bio-optical models with one, three and seven optimization parameters on the accuracy of joint retrieval algorithms of MAPs. The Multi-Angular Polarimetric Ocean coLor (MAPOL) joint retrieval algorithm was used to process data from the airborne Research Scanning Polarimeter (RSP) instrument acquired in different field campaigns. We performed ensemble retrievals along three RSP legs to evaluate the applicability of bio-optical models in geographically varying water of clear to turbid conditions. The average differences between the MAPOL aerosol optical depth (AOD) and spectral remote sensing reflectance (Rrw(λ)) retrievals and the MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) products were also reported. We studied the distribution of retrieval cost function values obtained for the three bio-optical models. For the one-parameter model, the spread of retrieval cost function values is narrow regardless of the type of water even if it fails to converge over coastal water. For the three- and seven-parameter models, the retrieval cost function distribution is water type dependent, showing the widest distribution over clear, open water. This suggests that caution should be used when using the spread of the cost function distribution to represent the retrieval uncertainty. We observed that the three- and seven-parameter models have similar MAP retrieval performances in all cases, though they are prone to converge at local minima over open-ocean water. It is necessary to develop a screening algorithm to divide open and coastal water before performing MAP retrievals. Given the computational efficiency and the algorithm stability requirements, we recommend the three-parameter bio-optical model as the coastal-water bio-optical model for future MAPOL studies. This study provides important practical guides on the joint retrieval algorithm development for current and future satellite missions such as NASA's Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission and ESA's Meteorological Operational-Second Generation (MetOp-SG) mission.

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  author={Hannadige., N. K. and Zhai, P.-W. and Gao, M. and Hu, Y. and Werdell, P. J. and Knobelspiesse, K. and Cairns, B.},
  title={Performance evaluation of three bio-optical models in aerosol and ocean color joint retrievals},
  journal={Atmos. Meas. Tech.},

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ID  - ha04120g
AU  - Hannadige., N. K.
AU  - Zhai, P.-W.
AU  - Gao, M.
AU  - Hu, Y.
AU  - Werdell, P. J.
AU  - Knobelspiesse, K.
AU  - Cairns, B.
PY  - 2023
TI  - Performance evaluation of three bio-optical models in aerosol and ocean color joint retrievals
JA  - Atmos. Meas. Tech.
VL  - 16
IS  - 23
SP  - 5749
EP  - 5770
DO  - 10.5194/amt-16-5749-2023
ER  -

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