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Use of TOMS data to correct the saharan dust effects on SST retrievals from satellite

M. Arbelo E-mail The Corresponding Author, a, G. P. Podestá b, P. A. Hernández-Leal a and J. P. Diaz a

a Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de La Laguna, 38200 La Laguna, Canary Islands, Spain
b Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, FL 33149, USA

Received 22 November 2002;  Revised 13 March 2003;  accepted 20 March 2003.  Available online
13 February 2004.


High loads of atmospheric aerosols introduce large errors in satellite-derived sea surface temperature (SST) retrievals. Airborne plumes of desert dust from North Africa are the most evident and persistent and cover large areas of the tropical Atlantic Ocean. We propose a methodology to correct for Saharan dust effects on sea surface temperatures derived from the AVHRR sensor. This method links SST errors in AVHRR estimates with concentrations of absorbing atmospheric aerosols as estimated by the Earth Probe Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) Aerosol Index. Errors in the SST algorithm increase with increasing aerosol index estimates. To avoid these errors a correction term based on the TOMS aerosol index is incorporated to the AVHRR SST algorithm.


Advances in Space Research
Volume 32, Issue 11 , December 2003, Pages 2175-2180
Calibration, Characterization of Satellite Sensors, Physical Parameters Derived from Satellite Data