Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-1183-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-1183-2019
Research article
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25 Feb 2019
Research article |  | 25 Feb 2019

Remote sensing of cloud droplet radius profiles using solar reflectance from cloud sides – Part 1: Retrieval development and characterization

Florian Ewald, Tobias Zinner, Tobias Kölling, and Bernhard Mayer

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This paper presents a new method for gaining insights into the vertical evolution of cloud droplet effective radii by using reflected solar radiation from cloud sides. The paper investigates how bi-spectral effective radius retrievals are affected by unknown cloud surface orientations and presents a method to mitigate this effect. Based on these findings, this study develops a statistical effective radius retrieval for airborne, side-looking imaging sensors.