Articles | Volume 12, issue 9
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 5039–5054, 2019
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 5039–5054, 2019

Research article 19 Sep 2019

Research article | 19 Sep 2019

Use of spectral cloud emissivities and their related uncertainties to infer ice cloud boundaries: methodology and assessment using CALIPSO cloud products

Hye-Sil Kim et al.


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Short summary
This study demonstrates that ice cloud emissivity uncertainties at 11, 12, and 13.3 µm can be used to provide a reasonable range of ice cloud layer boundaries. We test this methodology using MODIS Collection 6 cloud properties over the western North Pacific Ocean during August 2015. The cloud boundaries for single-layer optically thin ice clouds show good agreement with those from CALIOP version 4 products, with biases increasing for optically thick and multilayered clouds.