Articles | Volume 22, issue 23
Research article
30 Nov 2022
Research article |  | 30 Nov 2022

Ice crystal characterization in cirrus clouds III: retrieval of ice crystal shape and roughness from observations of halo displays

Linda Forster and Bernhard Mayer

Data sets

AERONET observations AERONET

MODIS albedo data MODIS

Radiosonde observations Radiosonde

Short summary
We present a novel retrieval using ground-based imaging observations of halo displays together with radiative transfer simulations to help improve our understanding of ice crystal properties representative of cirrus clouds. Analysis of 4400 calibrated HaloCam images featuring a 22° halo revealed aggregates of hexagonal columns of 20 µm effective radius with a mixture of about 37 % smooth and 63% severely roughened surfaces as the best match in general.
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