Cover of Applied Optics, September 20, 2013
(click image to see enlarged figure from paper)
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New VIIRS Ocean Color Algorithm
Lands Applied Optics Cover
September 20, 2013 - Menghua Wang & Lide Jiang's new
paper, "Identification of pixels with stray light and cloud shadow
contaminations in the satellite ocean color data processing", is the
cover article for the September 20th edition of Applied Optics. Wang and
Jiang of STAR's Satellite Oceanography and Climatology Division have
developed a new algorithm for identifying stray light and
cloud shadow pixels in VIIRS ocean color data processing. With the new
algorithm, they have significantly improved VIIRS ocean color data
quality and data coverage.
The cover image depicts Global 8-day chlorophyll-a composite images (March 6-13,
2013) derived from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite
(VIIRS), with improved data quality and data coverage using the new
stray light and cloud shadow flag algorithm (lower panel), compared with
results using the old flag (upper panel). Click the cover at right to see
a larger version.