Articles | Volume 17, issue 22
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 13625–13644, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-13625-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 13625–13644, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-13625-2017

Research article 15 Nov 2017

Research article | 15 Nov 2017

Cloud climatologies from the infrared sounders AIRS and IASI: strengths and applications

Claudia J. Stubenrauch et al.

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We present multi-year cloud climatologies from the advanced IR sounders AIRS and IASI. These data are particularly sensitive to cirrus. Cloud emissivity allows to distinguish between high opaque, thick cirrus and thin cirrus. By comparing tropical geographical change patterns of these cloud types with respect to changing tropical mean surface temperature, it is demonstrated that their response to climate change may be different, with potential consequences on the atmospheric circulation.
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