Causes of atmospheric blur in remote sensing: A system engineering approach to imaging

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Aerosol blur, often referred to as the adjacency effect, is well-established as the primary and perhaps only source of atmospheric blur in remote sensing imaging from satellites. However, much of the propagation community considers turbulence blur only in interpreting experiments. Because of the complexities of atmospheric and meteorological processes a broad system engineering approach is called for, which includes aerosols, turbulence, absorption, and other atmospheric effects. In general, turbulence is most significant at low elevations up to a few meters above earth's surface, and aerosol blur is most significant at higher elevations, especially if optical depth is on the order of unity or more. However, turbulence and aerosol effects increase in the stratosphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-283
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 Conference on Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing VI - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: 22 Jul 199824 Jul 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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