Articles | Volume 12, issue 9
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 5019–5037, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-5019-2019

Special issue: Arctic mixed-phase clouds as studied during the ACLOUD/PASCAL...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 5019–5037, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-5019-2019

Research article 18 Sep 2019

Research article | 18 Sep 2019

Microwave Radar/radiometer for Arctic Clouds (MiRAC): first insights from the ACLOUD campaign

Mario Mech et al.

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An improved understanding of Arctic mixed-phase clouds and their contribution to Arctic warming can be achieved by observations from airborne platforms with remote sensing instruments. Such an instrument is MiRAC combining active and passive techniques to gain information on the distribution of clouds, the occurrence of precipitation, and the amount of liquid and ice within the cloud. Operated during a campaign in Arctic summer, it could observe lower clouds often not seen by spaceborne radars.