Imperial College London

Dr Helen Brindley

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Reader in Earth Observation



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BibTex format

author = {Parfitt, R and Russell, JE and Bantges, RJ and Clerbaux, N and Brindley, HE},
doi = {10.1016/j.rse.2016.09.005},
journal = {Remote Sensing of Environment},
pages = {416--427},
title = {A study of the time evolution of GERB shortwave calibration by comparison with CERES Edition-3A data},
url = {},
volume = {186},
year = {2016}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - This study examines the evolution of the GERB-2 and GERB-1 Edition 1 shortwave radiance calibration between 2004-2007 and 2007-2012 respectively, through comparison with CERES instrument FM1 Edition 3A SSF instantaneous radiances. Two periods when simultaneous observations from both GERB-2 and GERB-1 were available, January 13th to February 11th 2007 and May 1st to May 10th 2007, are also compared. For these two overlap periods respectively, averaged over all CERES ‘unfiltered-to-filtered radiance ratio’ subsets, the GERB-1/CERES unfiltered radiance ratio is on average found to be 1.6% and 1.9% lower than the associated GERB-2/CERES unfiltered radiance ratio. Over the two longer time series the GERB/CERES unfiltered radiance ratio shows a general decrease with time for both GERB-2 and GERB-1. The rate of decrease varies through time but no significant seasonal dependence is seen. Averaged over all subsets the GERB-2/CERES unfiltered radiance ratio showed a decrease of 1.9% between June 2004 and June 2006. Between June 2007 and June 2012, the corresponding decrease in the GERB-1/CERES unfiltered radiance ratio was 6.5%. The evolution of the GERB/CERES unfiltered radiance ratio for both GERB-2 and GERB-1 shows a strong dependence on the CERES unfiltered-to-filtered radiance ratio, indicating that it is spectrally dependent. Further time-series analysis and theoretical work using simulated spectral radiance curves suggests that for GERB-1 the evolution is consistent with a darkening in the GERB shortwave spectral response function which is most pronounced at the shortest wavelengths. For GERB-2, no single spectral cause can be identified, suggesting that the evolution is likely due to a combination of several different effects.
AU - Parfitt,R
AU - Russell,JE
AU - Bantges,RJ
AU - Clerbaux,N
AU - Brindley,HE
DO - 10.1016/j.rse.2016.09.005
EP - 427
PY - 2016///
SN - 0034-4257
SP - 416
TI - A study of the time evolution of GERB shortwave calibration by comparison with CERES Edition-3A data
T2 - Remote Sensing of Environment
UR -
UR -
VL - 186
ER -