Articles | Volume 12, issue 5
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 2863–2879, 2019
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 2863–2879, 2019

Research article 23 May 2019

Research article | 23 May 2019

Sensitivity of liquid cloud optical thickness and effective radius retrievals to cloud bow and glory conditions using two SEVIRI imagers

Nikos Benas et al.

Data sets

CLAAS-2: CM SAF CLoud property dAtAset using SEVIRI - Edition 2 S. Finkensieper, J.-F. Meirink, G.-J. van Zadelhoff, T. Hanschmann, N. Benas, M. Stengel, P. Fuchs, R. Hollmann, and M. Werscheck \doi{10.5676/EUM_SAF_CM/CLAAS/V002}

Short summary
Cloud glory and bow phenomena cause irregularities in satellite-based retrievals of cloud optical and microphysical properties. Here we combine two geostationary satellites over the same areas to analyze retrievals under those conditions. Results show a high sensitivity of retrievals to the assumed width of the cloud droplet size distribution and provide insights into possible improvements in satellite retrievals by appropriately adjusting this assumed parameter.