Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An objective regional cloud mask algorithm for GOES infrared imager with regime-dependent thresholds for direct radiance assimilation
by Da, Cheng, M.S., The Florida State University, 2014, 65; 1559511
Abstract (Summary)

A local, regime-dependent cloud mask (CM) algorithm is developed for isolating cloud-free pixels from cloudy pixels for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) imager radiance assimilation using mesoscale forecast models. In this CM algorithm, thresholds for six different CM tests are determined by a one-dimensional optimization approach based on probability distribution functions of the nearby cloudy and clear-sky pixels within a 10o×10o box centered at a target pixel. It is shown that the optimized thresholds over land are in general larger and display more spatial variations than over ocean. The performance of the proposed CM algorithm is compared with Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) CM for a one-week period from 19 to 23 May 2008. Based on MODIS CM results, the average Probability of Correct Typing (PCT) reaches 92.94% and 91.50% over land and ocean, respectively.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Zou, Xiaolei
Commitee: Ellingson, Robert G., Liu, Guosheng
School: The Florida State University
Department: Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 53/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Atmospheric sciences
Keywords: Cloud mask, Infrared imager, Optimization, Quality control
Publication Number: 1559511
ISBN: 978-1-321-00147-1
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