Articles | Volume 8, issue 12
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 5277–5288, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-5277-2015
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 5277–5288, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-5277-2015

Research article 17 Dec 2015

Research article | 17 Dec 2015

Implications of MODIS bow-tie distortion on aerosol optical depth retrievals, and techniques for mitigation

A. M. Sayer et al.

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MODIS is a satellite sensor widely used in Earth science. Its scanning geometry results in a distortion called the ‘bow-tie effect’, which means that, depending on the location of a pixel relative to the satellite ground track, the size and shape of the pixel may be distorted. This affects data such as aerosol optical depth (AOD) derived from the measurements. This paper illustrates the bow-tie disortion’s effect on AOD and presents techniques to restore AOD data products to a more uniform grid