Articles | Volume 14, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 5029–5047, 2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 5029–5047, 2021

Research article 23 Jul 2021

Research article | 23 Jul 2021

Why we need radar, lidar, and solar radiance observations to constrain ice cloud microphysics

Florian Ewald et al.

Data sets

A unified data set of airborne cloud remote sensing using the HALO Microwave Package (HAMP) Heike Konow, Marek Jacob, Felix Ament, Susanne Crewell, Florian Ewald, Martin Hagen, Lutz Hirsch, Friedhelm Jansen, Mario Mech, and Bjorn Stevens

HALO database German Aerospace Center (DLR)


Short summary
In this study, we show how solar radiance observations can be used to validate and further constrain ice cloud microphysics retrieved from the synergy of radar–lidar measurements. Since most radar–lidar retrievals rely on a global assumption about the ice particle shape, ice water content and particle size biases are to be expected in individual cloud regimes. In this work, we identify and correct these biases by reconciling simulated and measured solar radiation reflected from these clouds.