Articles | Volume 16, issue 17
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-16-4031-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-16-4031-2023
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07 Sep 2023
Research article |  | 07 Sep 2023

Cloud top heights and aerosol layer properties from EarthCARE lidar observations: the A-CTH and A-ALD products

Ulla Wandinger, Moritz Haarig, Holger Baars, David Donovan, and Gerd-Jan van Zadelhoff

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We introduce the algorithms that have been developed to derive cloud top height and aerosol layer products from observations with the Atmospheric Lidar (ATLID) onboard the Earth Cloud, Aerosol and Radiation Explorer (EarthCARE). The products provide information on the uppermost cloud and geometrical and optical properties of aerosol layers in an atmospheric column. They can be used individually but also serve as input for algorithms that combine observations with EarthCARE’s lidar and imager.