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The Radiance Differences between Wavelength and Wavenumber Spaces in Convolving Hyperspectral Infrared Sounder Spectrum to Broadband for Intercomparison

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Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, China Meteorological Administration, Beijing 100081, China
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
Key Laboratory of Radiometric Calibration and Validation for Environmental Satellites (LRCVES/CMA), National Satellite Meteorological Center, China Meteorological Administration (NSMC/CMA), Beijing 100081, China
School of Atmospheric Sciences and Guangdong Province Key laboratory for Climate Change and Natural Disaster Studies, Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai 519082, China
Southern Laboratory of Ocean Science and Engineering (Guangdong, Zhuhai), Zhuhai 519082, China
Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA
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Remote Sens. 2019, 11(10), 1177;
Received: 21 February 2019 / Revised: 28 April 2019 / Accepted: 15 May 2019 / Published: 17 May 2019
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Converting the hyperspectral infrared (IR) sounder radiance spectrum to broadband is a common approach for intercomparison/calibration. Usually the convolution is performed in wavenumber space. However, numerical experiments presented here indicate that there are brightness temperature (BT) differences between wavelength and wavenumber spaces in convolving hyperspectral IR sounder spectrum to broadband. The magnitudes of differences are related to the spectral region and the width of the spectral response functions (SRFs). In addition, the central wavelength and central wavenumber should be determined separately in wavelength and wavenumber spaces, respectively; they cannot be converted to each other directly for broadband BT calculations. There exist BT differences (BTDs) between interpolating the resolution of SRF to hyperspectral IR sounder spectrum, and vice versa, for convolution. This study provides clarity on convolution, central wavelength/wavenumber determination, and spectral resolution matching between broadband SRFs and hyperspectral IR sounder radiances for intercomparison/calibration. View Full-Text
Keywords: hyperspectral infrared sounder; spectral convolution; intercomparison hyperspectral infrared sounder; spectral convolution; intercomparison

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Di, D.; Min, M.; Li, J.; Gunshor, M.M. The Radiance Differences between Wavelength and Wavenumber Spaces in Convolving Hyperspectral Infrared Sounder Spectrum to Broadband for Intercomparison. Remote Sens. 2019, 11, 1177.

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