Articles | Volume 10, issue 6
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 2239–2252, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-2239-2017
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 2239–2252, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-2239-2017

Research article 13 Jun 2017

Research article | 13 Jun 2017

Evaluation of radar reflectivity factor simulations of ice crystal populations from in situ observations for the retrieval of condensed water content in tropical mesoscale convective systems

Emmanuel Fontaine et al.

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In this study we evaluate a method to estimate cloud water content (CWC) knowing cloud reflectivity. Ice hydrometeors are replace by ice oblate spheroids to simulate their reflectivity. There is no assumption on the relation between mass and their size. Then, a broad range of CWCs are compared with direct measurements of CWC. The accuracy of the method is ~ ±32 %. This study is performed in areas of convective clouds where reflectivity and CWC are especially high, what makes it unique.