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.

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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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