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Infrared cloud properties retrieval algorithm accounting for cloud vertical inhomogeneity
Author(s): Carsten Rathke; Juergen Fischer
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Paper Abstract

A method is presented for inferring the microphysical and radiative properties of vertically inhomogeneous cloud layers from high spectral resolution measurements of emitted thermal radiation. The algorithm iteratively estimates vertical profiles of liquid water content and effective droplet radius by comparing spectral radiance observations with calculations from a multiple scattering IR radiative transfer model. Theoretically consistent spectral emissivity and effective temperature values are determined from the resulting cloud vertical structure. The influence of cloud vertical inhomogeneity on the retrieval is discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 December 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3495, Satellite Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere III, (14 December 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.332706
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Carsten Rathke, Freie Univ. Berlin (Germany)
Juergen Fischer, Freie Univ. Berlin (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3495:
Satellite Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere III
Jaqueline E. Russell, Editor(s)

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