Articles | Volume 15, issue 12
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 3641–3661, 2022
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 3641–3661, 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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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.