ISSN 2070-7401 (Print), ISSN 2411-0280 (Online)
Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2021, Vol. 18, No. 5, pp. 255-265

Analysis of multiple angular polarization measurements from the PARASOL satellite radiometer over optically complex waters of the Bohai Bay

P.A. Salyuk 1, 2 , I.E. Stepochkin 1, 2 , K.A. Shmirko 1, 3 , I.A. Golik 2 
1 Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia
2 V.I. Il'ichev Pacific Oceanological Institute FEB RAS, Vladivostok, Russia
3 Institute of Automation and Control Processes FEB RAS, Vladivostok, Russia
Accepted: 11.08.2021
DOI: 10.21046/2070-7401-2021-18-5-255-265
The goal of the work is to analyze the features of using multi-angle polarizing measurements from the PARASOL satellite radiometer to study the characteristics of atmospheric aerosol over the optically complex waters of the Bohai Bay under different atmospheric conditions and with different optical types of the underlying sea layer. PARASOL measurements allow us to retrieve the degrees of polarization of the registered radiation at phase angles of about 90 degrees at three wavelengths of 490, 670, and 865 nm. The analysis of the scatter plots of these parameters was carried out, which made it possible to classify the state of the atmosphere and the underlying water surface in the area of Bohai Bay. The calculated values of the degrees of polarization at phase angles of about 90 degrees tend to increase as the size of atmospheric particles decreases during the transition from a state of continuous cloud cover to a dust storm and an atmospheric water haze. In the case of a clean atmosphere, river runoff has a significant effect on the results obtained, which reduces the degree of radiation polarization due to multiple scattering by suspended particles in the sea column. The use of multi-wave polarization measurements makes it possible to analyze situations that are difficult to interpret, such as dust in clouds or the detection of dust storms over a river outflow. In general, the results obtained do not contradict the experience of using the Umov effect for the study of dust aerosol, which consists in the inverse correlation between the maximum polarization of radiation and the geometric albedo. It opens up prospects for using this approach to satellite measurements using the preliminary classification of data and look-up tables obtained by direct numerical modeling.
Keywords: multi-angle measurements, satellite, polarization, dust, optically complex waters, Umov effect, PARASOL, POLDER, Bohai Bay
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