Articles | Volume 14, issue 4
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 3153–3168, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-3153-2021

Special issue: WISE: Wave-driven isentropic exchange in the extratropical...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 3153–3168, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-3153-2021
Research article
29 Apr 2021
Research article | 29 Apr 2021

Observation of cirrus clouds with GLORIA during the WISE campaign: detection methods and cirrus characterization

Irene Bartolome Garcia et al.

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Cirrus clouds contribute to the general radiation budget of the Earth. Measuring optically thin clouds is challenging but the IR limb sounder GLORIA possesses the necessary technical characteristics to make it possible. This study analyses data from the WISE campaign obtained with GLORIA. We developed a cloud detection method and derived characteristics of the observed cirrus-like cloud top, cloud bottom or position with respect to the tropopause.