Articles | Volume 17, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 3845–3859, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-3845-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 3845–3859, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-3845-2017

Research article 21 Mar 2017

Research article | 21 Mar 2017

Upper tropospheric cloud systems derived from IR sounders: properties of cirrus anvils in the tropics

Sofia E. Protopapadaki et al.

Data sets

AMSR-E/Aqua L2B Global Swath Rain Rate/Type GSFC Profiling Algorithm, Version 2 R. Adler, T. Wilheit Jr., C. Kummerow, and R. Ferraro https://doi.org/10.5067/AMSR-E/AE_RAIN.002

LMD Cloud Retrieval using IR sounders, Algorithm Theoretical Basis, CIRS-LMD software package V2 A. Feofilov and C. Stubenrauch https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.15812.63361

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Upper tropospheric clouds cover about 30 % of the Earth and play a key role in the climate system by modulating the Earth's energy budget and heat transport. In this article, we study upper tropospheric cloud systems using cloud properties deduced from infrared sounders. Our analyses show that the size of the systems as well as the fraction of thin cirrus over the total anvil area increases with increasing convective depth.
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