Articles | Volume 16, issue 11
Research article
07 Jun 2023
Research article |  | 07 Jun 2023

Cloud mask algorithm from the EarthCARE Multi-Spectral Imager: the M-CM products

Anja Hünerbein, Sebastian Bley, Stefan Horn, Hartwig Deneke, and Andi Walther

Data sets

EarthCARE level-2 demonstration products from simulated scenes Gerd-Jan van Zadelhoff, Howard W. Barker, Edward Baudrez, Sebastian Bley, Nicolas Clerbaux, Jason N. S. Cole, Jos de Kloe, Nicole Docter, Carlos Domenech, David P. Donovan, Jean-Louis Dufresne, Michael Eisinger, Juergen Fischer, Raquel García-Marañón, Moritz Haarig, Robin J. Hogan, Anja Hünerbein, Pavlos Kollias, Rob Koopman, Nils Madenach, Shannon L. Mason, Rene Preusker, Bernat Puigdomènech Treserras, Zhipeng Qu, Manuel Ruiz-Saldaña, Mark Shephard, Almudena Velázquez-Blazquez, Najda Villefranque, Ulla Wandinger, Ping Wang, and Tobias Wehr

Short summary
The Multi-Spectral Imager (MSI) on board the EarthCARE satellite will provide the information needed for describing the cloud and aerosol properties in the cross-track direction, complementing the measurements from the Cloud Profiling Radar, Atmospheric Lidar and Broad-Band Radiometer. The accurate discrimination between clear and cloudy pixels is an essential first step. Therefore, the cloud mask algorithm provides a cloud flag, cloud phase and cloud type product for the MSI observations.