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DNB Percent Solar Reflectance – Colorado

Posted On: January 4, 2016 - By: Barbra Lashbrook

The image shows the state of Colorado, showing the Day/Night Band (DNB) of the Percent Solar Reflectance @ 2017-Z, the day of 12-27-15.

What is noticeable is the different textures between the mid-to-high level clouds (larger white swaths) and the snow on the ground (distinctly shown by the topography of the Rocky Mountains.



The DNB has the capability of showing the intricacies of the snow on the ground and clouds by utilizing a lunar reflectance model from the VIIRS on the Suomi-NPP. Furthermore, the DNB has many meteorological applications for forecasting after sunset, which are vital for improving present forecasting applications/techniques.



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