Articles | Volume 9, issue 9
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 4615–4632, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-4615-2016
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 4615–4632, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-4615-2016

Research article 20 Sep 2016

Research article | 20 Sep 2016

Ground-based imaging remote sensing of ice clouds: uncertainties caused by sensor, method and atmosphere

Tobias Zinner et al.

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A new retrieval of optical thickness and effective particle size of ice clouds over a wide range of optical thickness from transmittance measurements is presented. A visible range spectral slope is used to resolve the transmittance optical thickness ambiguity. Retrieval sensitivity to ice crystal habit, aerosol, albedo, sensor accuracy and lookup table interpolation is presented as well as an application of the method and comparison to satellite products for 2 days.