Articles | Volume 14, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 4959–4970, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-4959-2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 4959–4970, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-4959-2021

Research article 16 Jul 2021

Research article | 16 Jul 2021

Estimating the optical extinction of liquid water clouds in the cloud base region

Karolina Sarna et al.

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We show a method for obtaining cloud optical extinction with a lidar system. We use a scheme in which a lidar signal is inverted based on the estimated value of cloud extinction at the far end of the cloud and apply a correction for multiple scattering within the cloud and a range resolution correction. By applying our technique, we show that it is possible to obtain the cloud optical extinction with an error better than 5 % up to 90 m within the cloud.