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Radiative properties of ice crystals within cirrus clouds: application to remote sensing
Author(s): Ping Yang; Heli Wei; Hung-Lung Allen Huang; Bryan A. Baum; Yong X. Hu; K. N. Liou; Michael I. Mishchenko
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Paper Abstract

Ice clouds have been identified as one of the most uncertain components in atmospheric research. In recent years, the atmospheric radiative transfer and remote sensing community has made a concerted effort to improve the characterization of cirrus clouds. A number of airborne and balloon-borne observations have demonstrated that cirrus clouds are essentially composed of nonspherical ice crystals with various habits (or shapes) and sizes. In this paper, we report on some recent progresses towards the computation of the single-scattering properties nonspherical ice crystals and the relevant applications to remote sensing and radiative transfer simulations. Specifically, we have developed a database of the optical properties of ice crystals at the infrared wavelengths. In conjunction with the application of the scattering database, we also developed a fast infrared transfer model under cirrus cloudy condition, which is applied to the retrieval of ice clouds from satellite-based infrared measurements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5548, Atmospheric and Environmental Remote Sensing Data Processing and Utilization: an End-to-End System Perspective, (14 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.557320
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Ping Yang, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Heli Wei, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Hung-Lung Allen Huang, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
Bryan A. Baum, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Yong X. Hu, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
K. N. Liou, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Michael I. Mishchenko, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5548:
Atmospheric and Environmental Remote Sensing Data Processing and Utilization: an End-to-End System Perspective
Hung-Lung Allen Huang; Hal J. Bloom, Editor(s)

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