Articles | Volume 18, issue 15
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 10881–10913, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-10881-2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 10881–10913, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-10881-2018

Research article 03 Aug 2018

Research article | 03 Aug 2018

Polar stratospheric cloud climatology based on CALIPSO spaceborne lidar measurements from 2006 to 2017

Michael C. Pitts et al.

Data sets

CALIPSO LID L1 Standard HDF File - Version 4.10 D. Winker https://doi.org/10.5067/caliop/calipso/lid_l1-standard-v4-10

CALIPSO/CALIOP Level 2, Polar Stratospheric Cloud Data, version 1.00 CALIPSO Science Team https://doi.org/10.5067/CALIOP/CALIPSO/CAL_LID_L2_PSCMask-Prov-V1-00_L2-001.00

MLS/Aura Near-Real-Time L2 Nitric Acid (HNO3) Mixing Ratio V004 EOS MLS Science Team https://disc.gsfc.nasa.gov/datacollection/ML2HNO3_NRT_004.html

MLS/Aura Near-Real-Time L2 Water Vapor (H2O) Mixing Ratio V004 EOS MLS Science Team https://disc.gsfc.nasa.gov/datacollection/ML2H2O_NRT_004.html

SAM II Level 2 Data SAM II Science Team https://doi.org/10.5067/NIMBUS7/SAMII/SOLAR_ASCII_L2-AV

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This paper first describes the new version 2 Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP) polar stratospheric cloud (PSC) detection and composition classification algorithm. We then present a state-of-the-art PSC reference data record and climatology constructed by applying the v2 algorithm to the over 11 years CALIOP spaceborne lidar dataset spanning 2006–2017. This work is part of a larger effort being performed under the auspices of the SPARC Polar Stratospheric Cloud Initiative.
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