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The cloud droplet size retrieval of POLDER is accurate even when the measurements are limited. The algorithm can be improved by (1) including the measurements in the primary rainbow region to provide accurate large droplet (>15 µm) retrievals; (2) performing higher-resolution retrieval (42 km × 42 km) to ensure more successful retrievals and reduce the bias introduced by cloud horizontal inhomogeneity.
Articles | Volume 8, issue 11
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 4931–4945, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-4931-2015
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 4931–4945, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-4931-2015

Research article 24 Nov 2015

Research article | 24 Nov 2015

Impact of cloud horizontal inhomogeneity and directional sampling on the retrieval of cloud droplet size by the POLDER instrument

H. Shang et al.

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The cloud droplet size retrieval of POLDER is accurate even when the measurements are limited. The algorithm can be improved by (1) including the measurements in the primary rainbow region to provide accurate large droplet (>15 µm) retrievals; (2) performing higher-resolution retrieval (42 km × 42 km) to ensure more successful retrievals and reduce the bias introduced by cloud horizontal inhomogeneity.
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