Articles | Volume 8, issue 11
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 4773–4783, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-4773-2015
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 4773–4783, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-4773-2015

Research article 16 Nov 2015

Research article | 16 Nov 2015

An improved method for retrieving nighttime aerosol optical thickness from the VIIRS Day/Night Band

T. M. McHardy et al.

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Using Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Day/Night Band (DNB) data, a new method is developed for retrieving nighttime aerosol optical thickness values through the examination of the dispersion of radiance values above an artificial light source. Preliminary results suggest that artificial light sources can be used for estimating regional and global nighttime aerosol distributions in the future.