Articles | Volume 15, issue 21
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 6447–6466, 2022
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 6447–6466, 2022
Research article
11 Nov 2022
Research article | 11 Nov 2022

Technique for comparison of backscatter coefficients derived from in situ cloud probe measurements with concurrent airborne lidar

Shawn Wendell Wagner and David James Delene

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Subject: Clouds | Technique: In Situ Measurement | Topic: Validation and Intercomparisons
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Jet engine power loss due to ice accumulation is a hazard in high-altitude clouds. A potential tool for informing pilots when entering such clouds is an onboard lidar system. Lidar and wing-mounted probe backscatter coefficients agree within uncertainties for liquid clouds but not for ice clouds. The lidar measurements are correlated with total water content over a broad range of environments, which indicates that the lidar system is useful for detecting hazardous ice cloud conditions.