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Reflectance

Other Names

R

Definition

The ratio of reflected radiation to incident radiation on a surface. The suffix (-ance) implies a property of a particular type of surface.
Virtually all remote sensing measurements in the visible range can be converted to reflectance, which is a standard optical property related to the substance or surface from which light is reflected. Because reflectance can be wavelength-specific due to absorption and scattering, reflectance is a key and basic quantity in using remote sensing to determine the identity of anything that reflects light.

Applications

(1) Earth radiation budget (3) Land surface cover
(2) Ocean optics (4) Atmospheric dynamics

Spectrum

Visible (400-700 nm)

GES DISC Datasets

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Click on the corresponding 'Data access' links in the table below to access products containing specific parameter.

Parameter Units Platform /Instrument Data Products
Begin Date End Date Data Access Doc
Reflectance at ground pixel resolution None Aqua/AIRS 2002-08-30 Current AIRX2SUP Y
AIRH2SUP Y
AIRX2RET Y
AIRH2RET Y
Aura/OMI 2004-08-15 Current OMTO3 Y
Earth Probe/TOMS 1996-07-25 2005-12-31 TOMSEPL2 Y
Nimbus-7/TOMS 1978-11-01 1993-05-06 TOMSN7L2 Y
Reflectance (Global Gridded Daily/Weekly/Monthly Averages) None Aqua/AIRS 2002-08-30 Current AIRS Level3 Y
Aura/OMI 2004-08-15 Current OMTO3d Y
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