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Satellite Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Composition, Clouds and Surface Properties: Theory, Algorithms, Validation and Applications

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Satellite remote sensing of atmospheric aerosols, trace and greenhouse gases and surface properties has advanced significantly over the last decades with novel sensors allowing for more accurate retrieval with higher spatial resolution, including uncertainty estimates. New instruments have been launched for which new and more advanced retrieval algorithms are being developed. With these improved products, knowledge is generated on aerosol-cloud interaction, land-atmosphere interaction, air quality and climate through both process studies and the generation of extended time series spanning one or more decades. This Special Issue is aimed at presentation of recent scientific and technological advances in the field of remote sensing of physical and chemical properties of atmospheric gases, greenhouse gases, aerosols and clouds, and the determination of terrestrial surface properties. This includes theoretical approaches, algorithm development, validation, and applications from the use of individual and synergetic data sets. We invite investigators to contribute review articles, original research articles, as well as technical notes. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:


  • remote sensing of atmospheric aerosol properties,

  • remote sensing of trace gases in the atmosphere,

  • remote sensing of green house gases,

  • remote sensing of atmospheric cloud properties,

  • remote sensing of underlying surface properties,

  • radiative transfer theories,

  • validation,

  • case studies and other applications of retrieved geophysical products.


Keywords: Aerosol, cloud and surface properties, remote sensing, atmospheric processes


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Satellite remote sensing of atmospheric aerosols, trace and greenhouse gases and surface properties has advanced significantly over the last decades with novel sensors allowing for more accurate retrieval with higher spatial resolution, including uncertainty estimates. New instruments have been launched for which new and more advanced retrieval algorithms are being developed. With these improved products, knowledge is generated on aerosol-cloud interaction, land-atmosphere interaction, air quality and climate through both process studies and the generation of extended time series spanning one or more decades. This Special Issue is aimed at presentation of recent scientific and technological advances in the field of remote sensing of physical and chemical properties of atmospheric gases, greenhouse gases, aerosols and clouds, and the determination of terrestrial surface properties. This includes theoretical approaches, algorithm development, validation, and applications from the use of individual and synergetic data sets. We invite investigators to contribute review articles, original research articles, as well as technical notes. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:


  • remote sensing of atmospheric aerosol properties,

  • remote sensing of trace gases in the atmosphere,

  • remote sensing of green house gases,

  • remote sensing of atmospheric cloud properties,

  • remote sensing of underlying surface properties,

  • radiative transfer theories,

  • validation,

  • case studies and other applications of retrieved geophysical products.


Keywords: Aerosol, cloud and surface properties, remote sensing, atmospheric processes


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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