Articles | Volume 15, issue 20
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-11909-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-11909-2015
Research article
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27 Oct 2015
Research article |  | 27 Oct 2015

A method to retrieve super-thin cloud optical depth over ocean background with polarized sunlight

W. Sun, R. R. Baize, G. Videen, Y. Hu, and Q. Fu

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A method is reported for retrieving super-thin cloud optical depth with polarized light. It is found that near-backscatter p-polarized light is sensitive to clouds, but not to ocean conditions. Near-backscatter p-polarized intensity linearly relates to super-thin cloud optical depth. Based on these findings, super-thin cloud optical depth can be retrieved with little effect from surface reflection.
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