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
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Optically thin clouds in the trades

Theresa Mieslinger et al.

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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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