Articles | Volume 19, issue 10
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-6969-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-6969-2019
Research article
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24 May 2019
Research article |  | 24 May 2019

On the distinctiveness of observed oceanic raindrop distributions

David Ian Duncan, Patrick Eriksson, Simon Pfreundschuh, Christian Klepp, and Daniel C. Jones

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Raindrop size distributions have not been systematically studied over the oceans but are significant for remotely sensing, assimilating, and modeling rain. Here we investigate raindrop populations with new global in situ data, compare them against satellite estimates, and explore a new technique to classify the shapes of these distributions. The results indicate the inadequacy of a commonly assumed shape in some regions and the sizable impact of shape variability on satellite measurements.
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