Articles | Volume 17, issue 9
Research article
11 May 2017
Research article |  | 11 May 2017

Clouds over the summertime Sahara: an evaluation of Met Office retrievals from Meteosat Second Generation using airborne remote sensing

John C. Kealy, Franco Marenco, John H. Marsham, Luis Garcia-Carreras, Pete N. Francis, Michael C. Cooke, and James Hocking


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AR by John Kealy on behalf of the Authors (24 Feb 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (04 Mar 2017) by Jui-Yuan Christine Chiu
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (06 Mar 2017)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (10 Apr 2017)
ED: Publish as is (10 Apr 2017) by Jui-Yuan Christine Chiu
Short summary
Using novel methods of cloud detection from aircraft data over the Sahara desert, we evaluate the performance of the Meteosat satellite in measuring cloud properties: namely, the cloud mask and the cloud-top height. We find that the cloud mask can justifiably be used for many applications (such as creating a detailed Saharan cloud climatology), and we also discuss its limitations. As for the cloud-top height, we show that the dataset cannot yet be considered robust in this part of the world.
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