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Inferences about pressures and vertical extension of cloud layers from POLDER3/PARASOL measurements in the oxygen A-band

Desmons, M., Ferlay, N., Parol, F., Vanbauce, C. and Mcharek, L. (2013) Inferences about pressures and vertical extension of cloud layers from POLDER3/PARASOL measurements in the oxygen A-band. In: International Radiation Symposium, 6-10 August 2012, Berlin, pp. 248-251.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4804753

Abstract/Summary

We present new inferences about cloud vertical structures from multidirectionnal measurements in the oxygen A-band. The analysis of collocated data provided by instruments onboard satellite platforms within the A-Train, as well as simulations have shown that for monolayered clouds, the cloud oxygen pressure PO2PO2 derived from the POLDER3 instrument was sensitive to the cloud vertical structure in two ways: First, PO2PO2 is actually close to the pressure of the geometrical middle of cloud and we propose a method to correct it to get the cloud top pressure (CTP), and then to obtain the cloud geometrical extent. Second, for the liquid water clouds, the angular standard deviation σPO2σPO2 of PO2PO2 is correlated with the geometrical extent of cloud layers, which makes possible a second estimation of the cloud geometrical thickness. The determination of the vertical location of cloud layers from passive measurements, eventually completed from other observations, would be useful in many applications for which cloud macrophysical properties are needed

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Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
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