Atmosphere Remote Sensing

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

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Atmospheric variables, such as clouds, aerosols, water vapor, precipitation, wind, as well as chemical components play a key role in many different fields, e.g. renewable energy, water balance, air quality, UV index, weather, and climate. The observation and analysis of these variables is therefore essential for life on earth and well-being.

In-situ measurements of atmospheric variables are almost nonexistent over the ocean and only rarely available in rural regions. Further, many dense networks of well maintained in-situ measurements are currently more sparse within the scope of automation. Thus, remote sensing is the only observational source for monitoring and analysis of the atmosphere for the major part of the globe. Moreover, modern satellite instruments as well as ground-based LIDAR, ceilometer and radar provide information about the atmosphere that cannot be gained from in-situ observations. Remote sensing of the atmosphere is therefore key for a better understanding of atmospheric processes especially of the climate and weather system. Further, Remote sensing data is essential for efficient planning and use of solar and wind energy systems.

That said, remote sensing is not a direct measurement as the information needs to be retrieved, which often requires sophisticated methods and high level expert knowledge, making remote sensing of the atmosphere a modern and ground-breaking scientific field. Remote sensing is very important for our life and environment and quite challenging from a scientific point of view.

We invite authors to submit their articles to Remote Sensing in order to improve current knowledge of remote sensing of the atmosphere. Articles addressing retrieval methods, validation of remote sensing data, calibration and applications based on remote sensing data are welcome.

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