Articles | Volume 12, issue 6
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 3151–3171, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-3151-2019
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 3151–3171, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-3151-2019

Research article 13 Jun 2019

Research article | 13 Jun 2019

Can liquid cloud microphysical processes be used for vertically pointing cloud radar calibration?

Maximilian Maahn et al.

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Short summary
Cloud radars are unique instruments for observing cloud processes, but uncertainties in radar calibration have frequently limited data quality. Here, we present three novel methods for calibrating vertically pointing cloud radars. These calibration methods are based on microphysical processes of liquid clouds, such as the transition of cloud droplets to drizzle drops. We successfully apply the methods to cloud radar data from the North Slope of Alaska (NSA) and Oliktok Point (OLI) ARM sites.