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Global cloud property analysis using satellite remote sensing
Author(s): Kazuaki Kawamoto; Teruyuki Nakajima
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Paper Abstract

Clouds are recognized as an important factor in the earth's climate system. In particular, the optical and microphysical properties such as the optical thickness and droplet size are needed for understanding cloud processes. Therefore Kawamoto et al. (2000) developed a retrieval algorithm for the cloud optical thickness and effective particle radius on a global scale. In this work, we retrieve the cloud liquid water path and columnar cloud droplet number density as by-products, in addition to the cloud optical thickness and effective particle radius. The annual mean characteristics of these quantities on a global scale are described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4150, Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds II, (21 February 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.416958
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Kazuaki Kawamoto, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Teruyuki Nakajima, Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4150:
Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds II
Yasuhiro Sasano; Jinxue Wang; Tadahiro Hayasaka, Editor(s)

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