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Volume 9, issue 8
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 3739–3754, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-3739-2016
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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 3739–3754, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-3739-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 12 Aug 2016

Research article | 12 Aug 2016

Relationship between temperature and apparent shape of pristine ice crystals derived from polarimetric cloud radar observations during the ACCEPT campaign

Alexander Myagkov et al.
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This paper presents first quantitative estimations of ice particle shape at the top of liquid-topped clouds. The estimation is based on polarimetric measurements from a Ka-band cloud radar. 22 cases observed during the ACCEPT (Analysis of the Composition of Clouds with Extended Polarization Techniques) campaign were used. Data from a free-fall chamber were used for the comparison. A good agreement of detected shapes with known shape–temperature dependencies observed in laboratories was found.
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