Improving discrimination between clouds and optically thick aerosol plumes in geostationary satellite data.

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Date: May 17, 2022
From: Atmospheric Measurement Techniques(Vol. 15, Issue 9)
Publisher: Copernicus GmbH
Document Type: Brief article
Length: 367 words

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Cloud masking is a key initial step in the retrieval of geophysical properties from satellite data. Despite decades of research, problems still exist of over- or underdetection of clouds. High aerosol loadings, in particular from dust storms or fires, are often classified as clouds, and vice versa. In this paper, we present a cloud mask created using machine learning for the Advanced Himawari Imager (AHI) aboard Himawari-8. In order to train the algorithm, a parallax-corrected collocated data set was created from AHI and Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP) lidar data. Artificial neural networks (ANNs) were trained on the collocated data to identify clouds in AHI scenes. The resulting neural network (NN) cloud masks are validated and compared to cloud masks produced by the Japanese Meteorological Association (JMA) and the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) for a number of different solar and viewing geometries, surface types and air masses. Here, five case studies covering a range of challenging scenarios for cloud masks are also presented to demonstrate the performance of the masking algorithm. The NN mask shows a lower false positive rate (FPR) for an equivalent true positive rate (TPR) across all categories, with FPRs of 0.160 and 0.259 for the NN and JMA masks, respectively, and 0.363 and 0.506 for the NN and BoM masks, respectively, at equivalent TPR values. This indicates the NN mask accurately identifies 1.13 and 1.29 times as many non-cloud pixels for the equivalent hit rate when compared to the JMA and BoM masks, respectively. The NN mask was shown to be particularly effective in distinguishing thick aerosol plumes from cloud, most likely due to the inclusion of the 0.47 and 0.51 µm bands. The NN cloud mask shows an improvement over current operational cloud masks in most scenarios, and it is suggested that improvements to current operational cloud masks could be made by including the 0.47 and 0.51 µm bands. The collocated data are made available to facilitate future research.

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