Articles | Volume 9, issue 4
Research article
20 Apr 2016
Research article |  | 20 Apr 2016

Cirrus cloud optical and microphysical property retrievals from eMAS during SEAC4RS using bi-spectral reflectance measurements within the 1.88  µm water vapor absorption band

Kerry Meyer, Steven Platnick, G. Thomas Arnold, Robert E. Holz, Paolo Veglio, John Yorks, and Chenxi Wang

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Cirrus cloud optical and microphysical properties are retrieved from remote sensing solar reflectance measurements at two narrow wavelength channels within the broader water vapor absorption band at 1.88 µm. Results from this technique compare well with other solar reflectance, IR, and lidar-based retrievals. This approach is complementary to traditional remote sensing techniques and can extend cloud retrieval capabilities for thin cirrus clouds.