Articles | Volume 8, issue 10
Research article
30 Oct 2015
Research article |  | 30 Oct 2015

Quality assessment and improvement of the EUMETSAT Meteosat Surface Albedo Climate Data Record

A. Lattanzio, F. Fell, R. Bennartz, I. F. Trigo, and J. Schulz

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EUMETSAT has generated a surface albedo data set climate data record, spanning over more than 2 decades, from measurements acquired by Meteosat First Generation satellites. EUMETSAT coordinated a study for the validation of such a data record. In the validation report, the full set of results, including comparison with in situ measurements and satellites, was presented. A method of increasing the quality of the data set, removing cloud-contaminated pixels, is presented.