Articles | Volume 13, issue 1
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1–11, 2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1–11, 2020
Research article
02 Jan 2020
Research article | 02 Jan 2020

Comparison of the cloud top heights retrieved from MODIS and AHI satellite data with ground-based Ka-band radar

Juan Huo et al.

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Cited articles

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Short summary
Cloud top height (CTH) is one of the important cloud parameters providing information about the vertical structure of cloud water content. To better understand the accuracy of CTH derived from passive satellite data, 2 years of ground-based Ka-band radar measurements are compared with CTH inferred from Terra/Aqua MODIS and Himawari AHI. It is found that MODIS and AHI underestimate CTH relative to radar by −1.10 km. Both MODIS and AHI CTH retrieval accuracy depend strongly on cloud depth.