Articles | Volume 20, issue 21
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02 Nov 2020
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 02 Nov 2020

A microphysics guide to cirrus – Part 2: Climatologies of clouds and humidity from observations

Martina Krämer, Christian Rolf, Nicole Spelten, Armin Afchine, David Fahey, Eric Jensen, Sergey Khaykin, Thomas Kuhn, Paul Lawson, Alexey Lykov, Laura L. Pan, Martin Riese, Andrew Rollins, Fred Stroh, Troy Thornberry, Veronika Wolf, Sarah Woods, Peter Spichtinger, Johannes Quaas, and Odran Sourdeval

Data sets

The Cirrus Guide II In-situ Aircraft Data Set M. Krämer, C. Rolf, and N. Spelten, N.

Ice crystal number concentration from satellite lidar-radar observations (DARDARNice) O. Sourdeval, E. Gryspeerdt, M. Krämer, T. Goren, J. Delanoë, A. Afchine, F. Hemmer, and J. Quaas

Short summary
To improve the representations of cirrus clouds in climate predictions, extended knowledge of their properties and geographical distribution is required. This study presents extensive airborne in situ and satellite remote sensing climatologies of cirrus and humidity, which serve as a guide to cirrus clouds. Further, exemplary radiative characteristics of cirrus types and also in situ observations of tropical tropopause layer cirrus and humidity in the Asian monsoon anticyclone are shown.
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