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Comparison of mid-latitude single- And mixed-phase cloud optical depth from co-located infrared spectrometer and backscatter lidar measurements

Di Natale, G.; Barucci, M.; Belotti, C.; Bianchini, G.; D’Amato, F.; Del Bianco, S.; Gai, M.; Montori, A.; Sussmann, R. 1; Viciani, S.; Vogelmann, H. ORCID iD icon 1; Palchetti, L.
1 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


The long-wave downwelling spectral radiance measurements performed by means of the Far-Infrared Radiation Mobile Observation System (FIRMOS) spectrometer at the summit of the Zugspitze (German Alps) in the winter 2018/19 allowed the retrieval of the optical and micro-physical properties of ice and mixed clouds, showing a good agreement of the statistical relationship between the ice water path and the ice optical depth with the ones from previous works. In this paper the optical depths retrieved from FIRMOS are initially compared with selected cases calculated from backscattering light detection and ranging (lidar) data by using a transmittance method. Then, in order to compare the whole FIRMOS dataset, the power-law relationship between backscattering and extinction is used to apply the Klett method and automatize the routine. Minimizing the root mean square differences, the exponent k of the power-law relationship is assessed to be 0.85 with a variability in the range of 0.60–1.10 for ice clouds and 0.50 with a variability within 0.30–0.70 for mixed clouds.

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000139741
Veröffentlicht am 12.11.2021
DOI: 10.5194/amt-14-6749-2021
Zitationen: 5
Web of Science
Zitationen: 4
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1867-1381, 1867-8548
KITopen-ID: 1000139741
HGF-Programm 12.11.13 (POF IV, LK 01) Long-term trends of global atmospheric composition
Erschienen in Atmospheric Measurement Techniques
Verlag Copernicus Publications
Band 14
Heft 10
Seiten 6749-6758
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Web of Science
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