Articles | Volume 18, issue 15
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, Lamont R. Poole, and Ryan Gonzalez

Data sets

CALIPSO LID L1 Standard HDF File - Version 4.10 D. Winker

CALIPSO/CALIOP Level 2, Polar Stratospheric Cloud Data, version 1.00 CALIPSO Science Team

MLS/Aura Near-Real-Time L2 Nitric Acid (HNO3) Mixing Ratio V004 EOS MLS Science Team

MLS/Aura Near-Real-Time L2 Water Vapor (H2O) Mixing Ratio V004 EOS MLS Science Team

SAM II Level 2 Data SAM II Science Team

Short summary
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.
Final-revised paper