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Advances in the remote sensing of clouds and precipitation from CloudSat and the A-Train
Author(s): Graeme L. Stephens; Deborah G. Vane
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Paper Abstract

The capabilities for observing clouds, precipitation and processes connected to condensed water in the atmosphere by satellites that presently orbit the Earth is unprecedented in the history of spaceborne Earth observations. The so-called A-Train of satellites (Stephens et al., 2002), in particular, represents entirely new observations of key cloud and precipitation processes in a way more advanced that ever before. These new observations represent a unique source of information for evaluating the moist physics parameterizations in models with benefits that are expected to lead to greatly improved and more realistic representations of these important atmospheric processes. This paper outlines a collection of the new findings from the A-Train observing system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 2008
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 7152, Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds II, 715206 (8 December 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.812554
Show Author Affiliations
Graeme L. Stephens, Colorado State Univ. (United States)
Deborah G. Vane, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7152:
Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds II
Graeme L. Stephens; Takashi Y. Nakajima, Editor(s)

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