The correction of a land surface albedo estimate made at one solar zenith angle (SZA) from a polar-orbiting satellite to a standard SZA or to a daily mean albedo requires knowledge of the dependence of the albedo on SZA. This paper uses ground-based measurements of the clear-sky albedo at a uniform grassland site at Uardry (34.39°°S, 145.30°°E) in southeastern Australia to investigate the accuracy to which the daily mean albedo can be inferred from the albedo at 1030 LST, given knowledge of the SZA dependence of albedo to various levels of detail. During nine months in which the daily mean albedo varied from 0.20 to 0.27, the albedo always had the expected minimum near noon but the strength of the albedo’’s SZA dependence varied greatly. For a few months, albedos were up to 0.04 higher in the afternoon than in the morning, and variations on finer timescales of up to 0.02 also appeared in the diurnal albedo cycle for days or weeks. These features of the diurnal variation were all seen at two or three surface points separated by up to 750 m and so are expected to appear at the ∼∼1-km resolution of many satellite sensors. For the Uardry grassland site, the error in estimating the daily mean albedo from the 1030 LST, albedo can be up to 0.03, which is 15%% of an albedo of 0.20, if the albedo is assumed to be constant through the day. The maximum error is reduced to about 0.02 if a simple model of the SZA dependence is used with even an approximate value for the parameter that controls the strength of the dependence, and to 0.01 or less if the strength of the dependence is appropriate to the state of the vegetation on the day. Afternoon––morning asymmetry in the albedo can contribute almost 0.01 to the error in inferring a daily albedo from a morning measurement.
Journal of Applied Meteorology – American Meteorological Society
Published: Sep 21, 1998
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera