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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.

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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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