Unit 13

False color image of a cyclone over Europe. Data processing by Nicole Mölders

This unit bases on the concepts of atmospheric radiation which build the foundation for Remote Sensing.

Learning goal

The goal of this unit is the application of atmospheric radiation theory for observing the atmosphere in active and passive remote sensing. After this unit, you will be able to

  1. name in which spectral ranges any given target has which characteristic interaction with radiation
  2. apply the concepts of the interaction of atmospheric and surface targets with electromagnetic radiation
  3. identify and differentiate targets in different spectral ranges
  4. distinguish targets of similar response in one or more spectral ranges from each other by use of other spectral ranges
  5. interpret spectral images for now-casting of the weather within the next three hours (real world application)

Students’ Tasks

  1. Go over your notes from units 11 to 12 as the material of this unit builds upon them
  2. Watch the video on the material.

    Here you can download the powerpoint presentation of unit13

  3. Read chapter 4.7 to 4.7.4 of Lectures in Meteorology
  4. Take notes and be able to present the material learned
  5. Watch these loops of the atmosphere over Alaska in the visible, water vapor, and infrared and describe the atmospheric dynamics visualized by clouds and water vapor in the form below.
  6. Fill out the form by 1500 AST the day before the next class.

Class work

In class, we will apply the learned material to solve these problems.