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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000086296
Veröffentlicht am 08.10.2018

First fully diurnal fog and low cloud satellite detection reveals life cycle in the Namib

Andersen, Hendrik; Cermak, Jan

Fog and low clouds (FLCs) are a typical feature along the southwestern African coast, especially in the central Namib, where fog constitutes a valuable resource of water for many ecosystems. In this study, a novel algorithm is presented to detect FLCs over land from geostationary satellite data using only infrared observations. The algorithm is the first of its kind as it is stationary in time and thus able to reveal a detailed view of the diurnal and spatial patterns of FLCs in the Namib region. A validation against net radiation measurements from a station network in the central Namib reveals a high overall accuracy with a probability of detection of 94%, a false-alarm rate of 12% and an overall correctness of classification of 97%. The average timing and persistence of FLCs seem to depend on the distance to the coast, suggesting that the region is dominated by advection-driven FLCs. While the algorithm is applied to study Namib-region fog and low clouds, it is designed to be transferable to other regions and can be used to retrieve long-term data sets.

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung - Atmosphärische Spurenstoffe und Fernerkundung (IMK-ASF)
Institut für Photogrammetrie und Fernerkundung (IPF)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2018
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1867-8548
URN: urn:nbn:de:swb:90-862969
KITopen-ID: 1000086296
HGF-Programm 12.01.01 (POF III, LK 01)
Erschienen in Atmospheric measurement techniques
Band 11
Heft 10
Seiten 5461–5470
Bemerkung zur Veröffentlichung Gefördert durch den KIT-Publikationsfonds
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