Articles | Volume 16, issue 12
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 7605–7621, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-7605-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 7605–7621, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-7605-2016

Research article 22 Jun 2016

Research article | 22 Jun 2016

Climatological and radiative properties of midlatitude cirrus clouds derived by automatic evaluation of lidar measurements

Erika Kienast-Sjögren et al.

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We present a climatology of mid-latitude cirrus cloud properties based on 13 000 hours of automatically analyzed lidar measurements at three different sites. Jungfraujoch, situated at 3580 m a.s.l., is found to be ideal to measure high and optically thin cirrus. We use our retrieved optical properties together with a radiation model and estimate the radiative forcing by mid-latitude cirrus. All cirrus clouds detected here have a positive net radiative effect.
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