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SCIAMACHY surface LER database

 
   
 
European Space Agency

page last modified:
03 July 2018
     

The SCIAMACHY surface LER database contains the Lambertian-equivalent reflectivity (LER) of the Earth's surface at 34 one-nm wide wavelength bins between 328 and 2314 nm. The LER albedo values were derived from SCIAMACHY data using the Doubling-Adding KNMI (DAK) polarised radiative transfer code. The model consists of an atmosphere for which Rayleigh scattering and ozone absorption are taken into account, and which is bounded below by a Lambertian surface. The surface LER is available for each month of the year and for the following wavelengths: 328, 335, 340, 354, 367, 380, 388, 425, 440, 463, 494, 510, 526, 546, 555, 564, 614, 640, 670, 685, 697, 712, 758, 772, 862, 875, 1030, 1053, 1245, 1557, 1593, 1630, 1670, and 2314 nm.


Some examples of the database:


Examples of the SCIAMACHY surface LER: dependence on the month of the year (left) and dependence on the wavelength (right).

Archive:

The database is available as a single HDF-5 file:

SCIAMACHY_Envisat_MSC_050x050_surface_LER_v2.3.hdf5   (595 MB)

The intrinsic resolution of the databases is 1°×1°, but increased to 0.5°×0.5° near coastlines. The spatial resolution of the database grid therefore is 0.5°×0.5°. The format and the contents of the HDF-5 file are both explained here. Please note that this document was essentially written for the GOME-2 surface LER database. This should not be a problem as the file format is very similar. The current version of the database is 2.3. The version of the SCIAMACHY level-1 data that were used is 7.04-W.


New in version 2.3:

New wavelength bands at 328, 685, 697, 712, and 2314 nm have been added. The new wavelength bands at 685, 697, and 712 nm, together with the already existing wavelength band at 670 nm, are meant to support the retrieval of cloud and/or aerosol information from the oxygen B-band. To achieve an optimal retrieval of the surface LER for the wavelength bands at 697, 712, and 1670 nm we included water vapour absorption in the radiative transfer calculations.


Data use / License / Citation:

The SCIAMACHY surface LER database is free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes. If you use the database for a publication (research or otherwise), or for any other purpose, please refer to the following publication:

L.G. Tilstra, O.N.E. Tuinder, P. Wang, and P. Stammes, Surface reflectivity climatologies from UV to NIR determined from Earth observations by GOME-2 and SCIAMACHY, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 122, 4084-4111, doi:10.1002/2016JD025940, 2017 (link)

We suggest that you include the following acknowledgement: "We acknowledge the free use of the SCIAMACHY surface LER database provided by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)."


Documentation:

  • L.G. Tilstra, O.N.E. Tuinder, P. Wang, and P. Stammes, Surface reflectivity climatologies from UV to NIR determined from Earth observations by GOME-2 and SCIAMACHY, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 122, 4084-4111, doi:10.1002/2016JD025940, 2017 (link)

  • Presentation: Introduction of the GOME-2 and SCIAMACHY surface LER databases (PDF)

  • Presentation: Improvements and developments for the GOME-2 and SCIAMACHY surface LER databases (PDF)