Articles | Volume 23, issue 22
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-23-14293-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-23-14293-2023
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20 Nov 2023
Research article |  | 20 Nov 2023

Quantifying the dependence of drop spectrum width on cloud drop number concentration for cloud remote sensing

Matthew D. Lebsock and Mikael Witte

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This paper evaluates measurements of cloud drop size distributions made from airplanes. We find that as the number of cloud drops increases the distribution of the cloud drop sizes narrows. The data are used to develop a simple equation that relates the drop number to the width of the drop sizes. We then use this equation to demonstrate that existing approaches to observe the drop number from satellites contain errors that can be corrected by including the new relationship.
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