The Airmass RGB Product

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The main objective of the presentationis to learn how to generate the Airmass RGB.

Published: 8 May 2009

Other objectives are :

  • to learn how to use/interpret the WV6.2–WV7.3 and the IR9.7–IR10.8 brightness temperature difference (BTD);
  • in particular to understand the relationship between the IR9.7–IR10.8 BTD and the total ozone content;
  • a short overview of WV image interpretation; Interpretation of colo urs of the Airmass RGB;
  • usage of the Airmass RGB composite for monitoring jet streams, cyclogenesis, PV maxima etc.;
  • to verify the above through a number of tests/quizzes.

Pre-requisites: Basics in remote sensing; an overview of all MSG channels Tutorials o f WV6.2, WV7.3, IR9.7 and IR10.8 channels; basic knowledg of how to interpret WV channels, and basic knowledge of RGB colours.

Category Language Difficulty Audio Duration Author
Atmosphere English Intermediate   90 min Jochen Kerkmann


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