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Volume 15, issue 20
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 11909–11918, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-11909-2015
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 11909–11918, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-11909-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
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Research article 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 et al.

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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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