Articles | Volume 9, issue 4
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 1587–1599, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-1587-2016
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 1587–1599, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-1587-2016

Research article 11 Apr 2016

Research article | 11 Apr 2016

MODIS Collection 6 shortwave-derived cloud phase classification algorithm and comparisons with CALIOP

Benjamin Marchant et al.

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MODIS Cloud Optical Properties: User Guide for the Collection 6 Level-2 MOD06/MYD06 Product and Associated Level-3 Datasets Platnick, S., King, M. D., Meyer, K. G., Wind, G., Amarasinghe, N., Marchant, B., Arnold, G. T., Zhang, Z., Hubanks, P. A., Ridgway, B., and Riedi, J. http://modis-atmos.gsfc.nasa.gov/_docs/C6MOD06OPUserGuide.pdf

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The current paper presents the new MODIS Collection 6 (C6) cloud thermodynamic phase classification algorithm. To evaluate the performance of the C6 cloud phase algorithm, extensive granule-level and global comparisons have been conducted against the heritage C5 algorithm and CALIOP. A wholesale improvement is seen for C6 compared to C5.