Articles | Volume 20, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 1131–1145, 2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 1131–1145, 2020

Research article 30 Jan 2020

Research article | 30 Jan 2020

Retrieval of the vertical evolution of the cloud effective radius from the Chinese FY-4 (Feng Yun 4) next-generation geostationary satellites

Yilun Chen et al.

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The vertical evolution of the cloud effective radius reflects the precipitation-forming process. We developed an algorithm for retrieving it based on objective cloud-cluster identification rather than the subjective polygon of the conventional method. The profile shows completely different morphologies in different life stages of the cloud cluster, which is important in the characterization of the formation of precipitation and the temporal evolution of microphysical processes.
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