Articles | Volume 16, issue 12
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 7681–7693, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-7681-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 7681–7693, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-7681-2016

Research article 23 Jun 2016

Research article | 23 Jun 2016

Spectral optical layer properties of cirrus from collocated airborne measurements and simulations

Fanny Finger et al.

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Solar spectra of optical layer properties of cirrus have been derived from the first truly collocated airborne radiation measurements using an aircraft and a towed sensor platform. The measured layer properties differ slightly due to horizontal cirrus inhomogeneities and the influence of low-level water clouds. Applying a 1-D radiative transfer model sensitivity studies were performed. It was found that if a low-level cloud is not considered, the solar cooling of the cirrus is strongly overestimated.
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