Your browser does not support JavaScript!
http://iet.metastore.ingenta.com
1887

## A 40-year cloud climatological study for Australia implications for siting of laser communication infrastructure

• Author(s):
• DOI:

$16.00 (plus tax if applicable) ##### Buy Knowledge Pack 10 chapters for$120.00
(plus taxes if applicable)

IET members benefit from discounts to all IET publications and free access to E&T Magazine. If you are an IET member, log in to your account and the discounts will automatically be applied.

Recommend Title Publication to library

You must fill out fields marked with: *

Librarian details
Name:*
Email:*
Name:*
Email:*
Department:*
Why are you recommending this title?
Select reason:

Advances in Communications Satellite Systems: Proceedings of the 37th International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC-2019) — Recommend this title to your library

## Thank you

Your recommendation has been sent to your librarian.

Cloud cover, cloud properties, and the change in cloud cover over time are important variables to quantify in planning for ground-space bidirectional high bandwidth optical communication systems. As operators of optical communication systems will endeavor to function when skies have optically thin cloud cover, a climatological study that includes cloud physics in the dataset (i.e., cloud emissivity and cloud optical depth) will provide beneficial guidance. As a first step in undertaking such an investigation, we have initiated a study of the Australian continent with the aim of identifying any significant decadal trends in cloud climatology over a 40-year period. The database, covering PATMOS-x AVHRR cloud data from 1979 to 2018, includes sampling of the climatology at four times during the diurnal cycle so that selection of operating conditions can be further analyzed. Examples of the spatial and temporal variability of satellite-derived cloud fractional amounts over Australia will be presented along with an approach to analyzing and interpreting this information in aid of the decision-making process to optimize clear-sky optical ground station positioning. When used in conjunction with the average monthly cloud amount, monthly specific decadal time-specific anomalies can highlight when and where minimum levels of cloud cover occur.

Chapter Contents:

• 37.1 Introduction
• 37.1.1 Australian cloud climatology studies
• 37.1.2 The 40-year satellite climatology record
• 37.1.3 The AVHRR instrument
• 37.1.4 The cloud detection scheme employed by PATMOS-x
• 37.1.4.1 Mid-morning (AM) and mid-afternoon (PM) data
• 37.1.4.2 Nighttime (N1) and early morning (N2) data
• 37.2 Climate change and decadal trends in cloud statistics
• 37.3 Discussion of results
• 37.4 Conclusions
• Acknowledgments
• References

Inspec keywords:

Preview this chapter:

A 40-year cloud climatological study for Australia implications for siting of laser communication infrastructure, Page 1 of 2

| /docserver/preview/fulltext/books/te/pbte095e/PBTE095E_ch37-1.gif /docserver/preview/fulltext/books/te/pbte095e/PBTE095E_ch37-2.gif

### Related content

content/books/10.1049/pbte095e_ch37
pub_keyword,iet_inspecKeyword,pub_concept
6
6
This is a required field