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Algorithm for Extraction of Surface Emissivity in the Context of VIRTIS on Venus Express

Müller, N. and Helbert, J. and Hashimoto, G. and Marinangeli, L. and Piccioni, G. and Drossart, P. (2006) Algorithm for Extraction of Surface Emissivity in the Context of VIRTIS on Venus Express. In: Eos Trans. AGU Fall Meeting suppl., 87 (52), P42A-07. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2006, 2006-12-11 - 2006-12-15, San Francisco (USA).

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Abstract

Venus nightside multispectral images aquired by VIRTIS contain information of surface emissivity at wavelengths close to 1 micron. This information is relayed by thermal emissions of the surface escaping to space through the NIR spectral ‘windows' in the atmosphere. On its way through the atmosphere the thermal radiation is modified by scattering and absorption by clouds. Variations in the optical thickness of the clouds modulate the spatial distribution of upwelling radiation. Multiple reflections between surface and clouds generally wash out image contrast from surface emissivity. We present an algorithm to extract surface emissivities by separating atmospheric influences from the images inside the spectral windows at 1.02, 1.10 and 1.18 micron. The necessary processing steps detailed are: 1) Removal of scattered sunlight 2) Binning of appropriate images inside the window spectral ranges 3) Correction of limb darkening 4) Removal of contrast due to attenuation by clouds 5) Removal of contrast due to surface temperature 6) Correction for multiple cloud-surface-reflections For a first quick guess on general trends of emissivity with respect to geological circumstances this algorithm is applied with several simplifications and ad-hoc assumptions. This simple model assumes the atmosphere of Venus to be one horizontally homogenous layer with spatial variation of transmittance allowing for direct inversion of the data. For an improved estimation of surface emissivity tabulated results from previous forward modeling of radiative transfer are used for steps 2) to 6). With this approach the accuracy of a detailed modeling of the atmosphere of Venus is combined with the speed and traceability of the step-by-step inversion of radiance data using the simplified model.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Title: Algorithm for Extraction of Surface Emissivity in the Context of VIRTIS on Venus Express
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Müller, N.UNSPECIFIED
Helbert, J.UNSPECIFIED
Hashimoto, G.Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kobe University, Nada-ku, Kobe, 657- 8501 Japan
Marinangeli, L.IRSPS, Universita d Annunzio, Viale Pindaro, 42, Pescara, 65127 Italy
Piccioni, G.INAF - IASF Roma, Via del Fosso del Cavaliere 100, Roma, 00133
Drossart, P.LESIA - Observatoire de Paris, 61 avenue de l observatoire, Paris, 75014 France
Date:December 2006
Journal or Publication Title:Eos Trans. AGU Fall Meeting suppl.
Volume:87
Page Range:P42A-07
Series Name:Eos Transactions AGU
Keywords:Remote sensing, Surface materials and properties, Extra-solar planets, Planetary volcanism
Event Title:American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2006
Event Location:San Francisco (USA)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2006-12-11 - 2006-12-15
Organizer:AGU
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Vergleichende Planetologie (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Physics
Deposited By: Stefanie Musiol
Deposited On:15 Jan 2007
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 13:25

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