Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 793–815, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-793-2016

Special issue: Limb observations of the middle atmosphere by space- and airborne...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 793–815, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-793-2016

Research article 02 Mar 2016

Research article | 02 Mar 2016

Global cloud top height retrieval using SCIAMACHY limb spectra: model studies and first results

Kai-Uwe Eichmann et al.

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Height-resolved limb radiance spectra of the satellite instrument SCIAMACHY are used to retrieve cloud top heights with a colour index method. Clouds are detectable from the lower to the uppermost troposphere. These cloud heights help to improve the trace gas retrieval for the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. Comparisons with other data sets have shown good agreement. As clouds and aerosols are not distinguishable, lower stratospheric volcanic aerosol clouds are detected in some years.