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AMT | Articles | Volume 11, issue 6
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 3689-3715, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-3689-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 3689-3715, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-3689-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 26 Jun 2018

Research article | 26 Jun 2018

Comparisons of bispectral and polarimetric retrievals of marine boundary layer cloud microphysics: case studies using a LES–satellite retrieval simulator

Daniel J. Miller et al.
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Prior satellite comparisons of bispectral and polarimetric cloud droplet size retrievals exhibited systematic biases. However, similar airborne instrument retrievals have been found to be quite similar to one another. This study explains this discrepancy in terms of differing sensitivity to vertical profile, as well as spatial and angular resolution. This is accomplished by using a satellite retrieval simulator – an LES cloud model coupled to radiative transfer and cloud retrieval algorithms.
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