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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 1105–1127, 2015
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 1105–1127, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-1105-2015

Research article 30 Jan 2015

Research article | 30 Jan 2015

On the relationship between the scattering phase function of cirrus and the atmospheric state

A. J. Baran et al.

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The relationship between the shape of cirrus scattering phase functions and the atmospheric state is investigated using space-based multi-angle remote sensing measurements and high-resolution numerical weather prediction model output of the relative humidity field with respect to ice (RHi). It is found that on a pixel-by-pixel basis, the most featureless phase functions are generally associated with RHi>1, whilst for RHi<1, a unique model phase function could not be assigned to the pixel.
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