Simulation of high-spectral-resolution infrared signature of overlapping cirrus clouds and mineral dust Academic Article uri icon


  • Numerical simulations have been carried out to understand the effects of overlapping cirrus clouds and mineral dust on the high-spectral-resolution infrared spectrum in the 600-2400 cm-1 region. A combination of the discrete ordinates radiative transfer and line-by-line models that account for the multiple scattering and monochromatic molecular absorption in the atmosphere is utilized to simulate the down-looking infrared spectrum at the top of the atmosphere with a resolution of 0.2 cm-1. It is demonstrated that the spectral slope of the infrared radiance in the 800-1000 cm-1 region can be used to discriminate coexisting cirrus-dust scenes from those associated only with cirrus clouds or dust alone. In a case for a cirrus cloud overlapping with a dust layer, the spectral features in the 1100-1200 cm-1 and 1400-1850 cm-1 regions can be potentially useful for retrieving the optical thicknesses of the dust layer and cirrus cloud, respectively. Copyright 2006 by the American Geophysical Union.

published proceedings

  • Geophysical Research Letters

author list (cited authors)

  • Hong, G., Yang, P., Huang, H., Ackerman, S. A., & Sokolik, I. N

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Hong, Gang||Yang, Ping||Huang, Hung-Lung||Ackerman, Steven A||Sokolik, Irina N

publication date

  • January 2006