Articles | Volume 13, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 4035–4049, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-4035-2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 4035–4049, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-4035-2020

Research article 27 Jul 2020

Research article | 27 Jul 2020

Improvement in cloud retrievals from VIIRS through the use of infrared absorption channels constructed from VIIRS+CrIS data fusion

Yue Li et al.

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Use of VIIRS+CrIS fusion products, which provide VIIRS with MODIS-like IR sounding channels, improves cloud mask, cloud phase, and cloud top height retrievals when compared to those using VIIRS data only. NOAA CLAVR-x cloud retrievals for both S-NPP and NOAA-20 data are evaluated through comparisons to the CALIPSO v4 and MODIS Collection 6.1 cloud products. Cloud height retrievals show significant improvement for semitransparent ice clouds, with a reduction in retrieval uncertainties.