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Atmospheric Remote Sensing

A section of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).

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Background and Aim

The atmosphere and atmospheric processes play a crucial role in life on Planet Earth. Important atmospheric parameters are radiation, temperature, pressure, wind, precipitable water and water vapour, and atmospheric components including clouds, aerosols, greenhouse gases and trace gases such as ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, ammonia, volatile organic compounds and a wide range of other trace gases. All of these interact with each other, as well as with the surface and biosphere, and play different roles in atmospheric chemistry, climate and climate change, air quality and many other aspects. Their values and concentrations often vary on time scales from seconds to days, spatial scales from local to global, and with the seasons. Knowledge on their magnitude or concentration is important, e.g., to understand the water, carbon and nitrogen cycles, socioeconomic impacts such as on renewable energy, degradation of materials and cultural heritage, health issues, food production, land, road, ship traffic and air quality management, development of adaptation strategies for climate change, etc. Atmospheric composition data are available from ground-based in situ and airborne measurements, including remote sensing, sometimes with a high degree of sophistication and temporal resolution, but with limited representativeness in a spatial sense. Satellite remote sensing can provide the spatial variation of atmospheric variables, using the same sensor and technique to retrieve the desired information, over the whole planet, but with less detail. The application of remote sensing, ground-based, airborne and satellite-based, requires the development of sophisticated instruments, fit-for-purpose, retrieval algorithms, big-data processing, and tools for presentation, analysis and interpretation. These include radiative transfer and chemical transport models

The aim of Atmosphere Remote Sensing is to offer a platform to discuss the use of remote sensing to improve our knowledge and understanding of the atmosphere and atmospheric processes in the widest sense. Atmosphere Remote Sensing solicits research papers presenting the development of remote sensing instruments, techniques and retrieval algorithms, their validation and evaluation, and in particular, the application of remote sensing data and techniques in studies leading to a better understanding of atmospheric processes.


Sensor and technological development

  • Development and application of instruments for atmospheric remote sensing: satellite, airborne, ground-based
  • Active/passive sensors: lidar, radar/radiometers and spectrometers; hyperspectral
  • Retrieval algorithms, radiative transfer models; sensor synergy
  • New techniques and applications;
  • Validation and evaluation
  • Image processing
  • Data processing, presentation, distribution, interpretation
  • Machine learning
  • Big data

Applications and process studies

  • Solar and terrestrial radiation: Earth radiation budget, UV radiation levels, chemical processes, visibility, scattering and absorption
  • Climate and climate change: time series, data assimilation, forecasting
  • Air quality studies: aerosols, trace gases, and their interactions; new particle formation; haze, effects of atmospheric processes and applications; transport, large scale circulation, monsoon interaction
  • Spatial variations: sources, sinks; top–down emission estimates
  • Meteorological parameters: temperature, wind, boundary layer height, precipitation, lightning, etc.
  • Cloud properties
  • Ozone observations and interpretation
  • Applications to atmosphere/biosphere/land/ocean/lakes/ interactions
  • Hydrological cycle, aerosol–cloud–radiation interaction, precipitation
  • Volcanic eruptions and their effect on atmospheric composition
  • Long time series and their temporal variation: time series analysis and effect studies
  • Applications: renewable energy, food production, effects on cultural heritage and material degradation, adaptation and planning
  • Urban pollution and adaptation


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