Articles | Volume 8, issue 11
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, J. Zhang, J. S. Reid, S. D. Miller, E. J. Hyer, and R. E. Kuehn


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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.