Colour Interpretation Guide


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Meteosat Second Generation

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HRV Cloud RGB - Recipe

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Red: HRV
Green: HRV
Blue: IR10.8

Oceans, lakes and rivers (not covered by ice)

Oceans, lakes and rivers appear dark blue in the HRV Cloud RGB images.

Water acts almost as black body for short wave solar radiation, hence the albedo is near zero and there is no contribution from the red and green colour beam.

The blue colour beam reflects the water temperature. Water not covered by ice contributes only little with blue colour, but since the red and the green contribution are almost zero, the overall colour hue is dark blue.

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HRV Cloud RGB from 21 July 2015, 12:00 UTC

Explanation of the dark blue colour of oceans, lakes and rivers in the HRV Cloud RGB (see also the recipe on the left side):

• As the albedo of water is near zero, only the blue colour from the IR10.8 channel contributes to the HRV Cloud RGB. The blue contribution is very small.