Articles | Volume 11, issue 10
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 5549–5563, 2018
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 5549–5563, 2018

Research article 12 Oct 2018

Research article | 12 Oct 2018

Cloud fraction determined by thermal infrared and visible all-sky cameras

Christine Aebi et al.

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A newly developed hemispherical thermal infrared cloud camera (IRCCAM) is presented. The IRCCAM allows automatic cloud detection during the day and at night-time. The cloud fraction determined from the IRCCAM is compared with the cloud fraction determined from other instruments over a time period of 2 years. The IRCCAM has an agreement of +/- 2 oktas cloud fraction in 90 % of the data compared to other instruments. There are no significant differences between seasons or different times of day.