Methodology, hardware implementation, and validation of satellite remote sensing of atmospheric aerosols: first results of the Aerosol-UA space experiment development

1Syniavskyi, II, 2Milinevsky, GP, 1Ivanov, Yu.S, 1Sosonkin, MG, 3Danylevsky, VO, 1Rosenbush, VK, 1Bovchaliuk, AP, 4Lukenyuk, AA, 5Shymkiv, AP, 6Mishchenko, MI
1Main Astronomical Observatory of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
2Main Astronomical Observatory of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Kyiv, Ukraine
3Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Kyiv, Ukraine
4L’viv Centre of the Space Research Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the State Space Agency of Ukraine, L’viv, Ukraine
5Lviv Centre of Institute for Space Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the State Space Agency of Ukraine, Lviv, Ukraine
6The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, USA
Kosm. nauka tehnol. 2015, 21 ;(3):09–17
Section: Space Instruments
Publication Language: Ukrainian

Preparations have been made for the development of the instrumentation suite for the space experiment Aerosol-UA (NAS), in particular, of the polarimeter ScanPol intended for remote-sensing studies of the global distribution of aerosol properties and clouds in the terrestrial atmosphere by means of polarimetric and spectral measurements of the scattered sunlight. Various components of the polarimeter ScanPol have been prototyped, including the optomechanical and electronics assemblies and the scanning mirror controller. The conceptual design of the algorithm for the retrieval of aerosol parameters over water and land surfaces and clouds has been developed. Methods for the validation of satellite data using a mobile sunphotometer station as well as for the calibration of aerosol polarimetry have been further refined.

Keywords: polarimeter., space experiment, the study of aerosols

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