21 February 2001 Global cloud property analysis using satellite remote sensing
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Clouds are recognized as an important factor in the earth's climate system. In particular, the optical and microphysical properties such as the optical thickness and droplet size are needed for understanding cloud processes. Therefore Kawamoto et al. (2000) developed a retrieval algorithm for the cloud optical thickness and effective particle radius on a global scale. In this work, we retrieve the cloud liquid water path and columnar cloud droplet number density as by-products, in addition to the cloud optical thickness and effective particle radius. The annual mean characteristics of these quantities on a global scale are described.
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Kazuaki Kawamoto, Teruyuki Nakajima, "Global cloud property analysis using satellite remote sensing", Proc. SPIE 4150, Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds II, (21 February 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.416958; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.416958
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