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An automatic contrail tracking algorithm

Vazquez-Navarro, M. and Mannstein, H. and Mayer, B. (2010) An automatic contrail tracking algorithm. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 3, pp. 1089-1101. DOI: 10.5194/amt-3-1089-2010.

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A method designed to track the life cycle of contrail-cirrus using satellite data with high temporal and spatial resolution, from its formation to the final dissolution of the aviation-induced cirrus cloud is presented. The method follows the evolution of contrails from their linear stage until they are undistinguishable from natural cirrus clouds. Therefore, the study of the effect of aircraft-induced clouds in the atmosphere is no longer restricted to linear contrails and can include contrail-cirrus. The method takes advantage of the high spatial resolution of polar orbiting satellites and the high temporal resolution of geostationary satellites to identify the pixels that belong to an aviation induced cloud. The high spatial resolution data of the MODIS sensor is used for contrail detection, and the high temporal resolution of the SEVIRI sensor in the Rapid Scan mode is used for contrail tracking. An example is included in which the method is applied to the study of a long lived contrail over the bay of Biscay.

Document Type:Article
Title:An automatic contrail tracking algorithm
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Vazquez-Navarro, M.UNSPECIFIED
Mayer, B.LMU / DLR
Journal or Publication Title:Atmospheric Measurement Techniques
Refereed publication:Yes
In Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 1089-1101
Keywords:contrail-cirrus, SEVIRI sensor, MODIS
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Atmosphären- und Klimaforschung (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Atmospheric Remote Sensing
Deposited By: Jana Freund
Deposited On:26 Oct 2010 10:58
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 21:03

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