Articles | Volume 10, issue 9
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 3499–3523, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-3499-2017
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 3499–3523, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-3499-2017

Research article 22 Sep 2017

Research article | 22 Sep 2017

Consistency of aerosols above clouds characterization from A-Train active and passive measurements

Lucia T. Deaconu et al.

Data sets

CALTRACK database (POLDER polarization method retrievals along the CALIOP track) ICARE On-line Data Archive http://www.icare.univ-lille1.fr/archive?dir=CALIOP/CALTRACK-5km_PM-L2/

CALIOP level 1 retrievals ICARE On-line Data Archive http://www.icare.univ-lille1.fr/archive?dir=CALIOP/CAL_LID_L1.v3.01/

CALIOP level 2 ALay product ICARE On-line Data Archive http://www.icare.univ-lille1.fr/archive?dir=CALIOP/05kmALay.v3.01/

CALIOP level 2 CLay product ICARE On-line Data Archive http://www.icare.univ-lille1.fr/archive?dir=CALIOP/01kmCLay.v3.01/

DRM SODA product ICARE On-line Data Archive http://www.icare.univ-lille1.fr/archive?dir=CALIOP/SODA-333m.v2.00/

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Short summary
This study presents a comparison between active (CALIOP) and passive (POLDER) remote sensing methods, developed for retrieving aerosol above-cloud optical and microphysical properties. Main results show a good agreement when the aerosol microphysics is dominated by fine-mode particles or coarse-mode dust or when the aerosol layer is well separated from the cloud below. The paper is also focused on understanding the differences between the retrievals and the limitations of each method.