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The cloud phase discrimination from a satellite

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3 Author(s)
Kokhanovsky, A.A. ; Inst. of Environ. Phys., Univ. of Bremen, Germany ; Jourdan, O. ; Burrows, J.P.

A new technique to identify mixed-phase clouds but also clouds with supercooled water droplets using satellite measurements is proposed. The technique is based on measurements of the backscattered solar light at wavelengths 1.55 and 1.67 μm in combination with cloud brightness temperature measurements at 12 μm. For the first time, the concept of the phase index-temperature correlation plot (the P-T diagram) is introduced in the cloud remote sensing. Retrievals of cloud temperature and cloud phase index are performed using data from the Advanced Along Track Scanning Radiometer (AATSR) and Scaning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography (SCIAMACHY) both onboard the Envisat platform.

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, IEEE  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 1 )