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Volume 11, issue 2 | Copyright
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 835-859, 2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 14 Feb 2018

Research article | 14 Feb 2018

Improved cloud-phase determination of low-level liquid and mixed-phase clouds by enhanced polarimetric lidar

Robert A. Stillwell et al.
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Short summary
This work focuses on making unambiguous measurements of Arctic cloud phase and assessing those measurements within the context of cloud radiative effects. It is found that effects related to lidar data recording systems can cause retrieval ambiguities that alter the interpretation of cloud phase in as much as 30 % of the available data. This misinterpretation of cloud-phase data can cause a misinterpretation of the effect of cloud phase on the surface radiation budget by as much as 10 to 30 %.
This work focuses on making unambiguous measurements of Arctic cloud phase and assessing those...