Articles | Volume 13, issue 6
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 3263–3275, 2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 3263–3275, 2020
Research article
19 Jun 2020
Research article | 19 Jun 2020

Evaluation of the MODIS Collection 6 multilayer cloud detection algorithm through comparisons with CloudSat Cloud Profiling Radar and CALIPSO CALIOP products

Benjamin Marchant et al.

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Multilayer cloud scenes (such as an ice cloud overlapping a liquid cloud) are common in the Earth's atmosphere and are quite difficult to detect from space. The detection of multilayer clouds is important to better understand how they interact with the light and their impact on the climate. So, for the instrument MODIS an algorithm has been developed to detect those clouds, and this paper presents an evaluation of this algorithm by comparing it with other instruments.