Articles | Volume 22, issue 10
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 6879–6898, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-6879-2022
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 6879–6898, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-6879-2022
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30 May 2022
Research article  | Highlight paper | 30 May 2022

Optically thin clouds in the trades

Theresa Mieslinger et al.

Data sets

Retrieval results for optically thin clouds in the trades (1.0) Theresa Mieslinger https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5824818

The ASTER dataset for EUREC4A (0.0) Theresa Mieslinger https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6577775

Cloud top height derived from airborne measurements with the WALES lidar during the EUREC4A field campaign Martin Wirth https://doi.org/10.25326/216

Model code and software

Simplified Clear-Sky radiative transfer Model (SCSM) ('0.0') Theresa Mieslinger https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4842675

atmtools/typhon: Typhon Release 0.9.0 Oliver Lemke, Lukas Kluft, John Mrziglod, Simon Pfreundschuh, Gerrit Holl, Richard Larsson, Takayoshi Yamada, Theresa Mieslinger, and Jakob Doerr https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5786028

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The trades are home to a plethora of small cumulus clouds that are often barely visible to the human eye and difficult to detect with active and passive remote sensing methods. With the help of a new method and by means of high-resolution data we can detect small and particularly thin clouds. We find that optically thin clouds are a common phenomenon in the trades, covering a large area and influencing the radiative effect of clouds if they are undetected and contaminate the cloud-free signal.
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