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Research article
18 Jan 2019
Research article |  | 18 Jan 2019

A high-level cloud detection method utilizing the GOSAT TANSO-FTS water vapor saturated band

Nawo Eguchi and Yukio Yoshida

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A detection method for high-level cloud, such as ice clouds, is developed using the water vapor saturated channels (2  μm) of the solar reflected spectrum observed by the TANSO-FTS on board GOSAT. The clouds detected by this method are optically relatively thin (0.01 or less) and located at high altitudes. Approximately 85  % of the results from this method for clouds with a cloud-top altitude above 5  km agree with Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP) cloud classification.