Articles | Volume 14, issue 24
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-14-13719-2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-14-13719-2014
Research article
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22 Dec 2014
Research article |  | 22 Dec 2014

A two-habit model for the microphysical and optical properties of ice clouds

C. Liu, P. Yang, P. Minnis, N. Loeb, S. Kato, A. Heymsfield, and C. Schmitt

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An ice cloud model is developed by assuming an ice cloud to be an ensemble of columns and aggregates with specific habit fractions at each particle size bin. The microphysical and optical properties of this two-habit model (THM) are compared with both laboratory and in situ measurements. When the THM is applied to ice cloud property retrieval, excellent spectral consistency is achieved. A comparison between observed and theoretical polarized reflectivities illustrates the applicability of THM.
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