Articles | Volume 15, issue 12
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 3641–3661, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-3641-2022
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 3641–3661, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-3641-2022
Research article
17 Jun 2022
Research article | 17 Jun 2022

Horizontal geometry of trade wind cumuli – aircraft observations from a shortwave infrared imager versus a radar profiler

Henning Dorff et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on amt-2021-318', Anonymous Referee #1, 29 Dec 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Henning Dorff, 17 Feb 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on amt-2021-318', Anonymous Referee #2, 14 Jan 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Henning Dorff, 17 Feb 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Henning Dorff on behalf of the Authors (07 Mar 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (14 Mar 2022) by Maximilian Maahn
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (14 Mar 2022)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (27 Apr 2022) by Maximilian Maahn
AR by Henning Dorff on behalf of the Authors (05 May 2022)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
This study elaborates how aircraft-based horizontal geometries of trade wind cumuli differ whether a one-dimensional profiling radar or a two-dimensional imager is used. Cloud size distributions are examined in terms of sensitivity to sample size, resolution, and instrument field of view. While the radar cannot reproduce the double power law distribution due to coarse resolution and restriction to vertical transects, the imager also reveals the elliptic cloud structure enhancing with wind speed.