Special Issue “Remote Sensing of Cloud and Aerosol Effects on Solar Radiation”

Special Issue “Remote Sensing of Cloud and Aerosol Effects on Solar Radiation”


Prof. Dr. Maria João Costa
Guest Editor

Department of Physics, Institute of Earth Sciences, School of Science and Technology, University of Évora, 7000-671 Évora, Portugal

Prof. Michaël Sicard
Guest Editor

CommSensLab, Dept. of Signal Theory and Communications, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 08034 Barcelona, Spain


Special Issue Information


Clouds and aerosols constitute the main modulators of solar radiation in the atmosphere through scattering and absorption processes. Since the first assessment of the impact of clouds and aerosols on climate (in the early nineties), these atmospheric constituents continue to contribute with great uncertainty to the estimates and interpretations of the Earth’s energy balance. Specifically, aerosols through their interactions with radiation and with clouds dominate the uncertainty associated with the total anthropogenic radiative effects (radiative forcing). On the one hand, a better understanding of climate change requires an assessment of the radiative effects of clouds and aerosols and a reduction in the degree of uncertainty associated with them. On the other hand, the quantification and understanding of these processes may benefit other research fields as well, like solar energy harnessing. For these reasons, it is considered very pertinent and timely to bring together contributions on this topic in the context of a Special Issue.

This Special Issue welcomes contributions dealing with all aspects of the effects of clouds, aerosols, or aerosol-cloud interactions on solar radiation (at all atmospheric levels; broadband or in a special spectral band of interest from the UV to the near IR), focusing on passive and or active remote sensing from satellite, airborne or ground-based instrumentation. Combination of remote sensing with in situ data and modelling approaches are also encouraged


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