Earth Institute Research Projects

Synergistic ice cloud observations from eMAS and RSP

Lead PI: Dr. Bastiaan Van Diedenhoven

Unit Affiliation: Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR)

December 2014 - December 2018
Central America ; North America ; New York City, NY
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: The aim of this NASA funded work is to combine data from several airborne remote sensing instruments from past campaigns to derive better quality cloud products

OUTCOMES: A dataset containing colocated cloud observations from the RSP, eMAS and CPL instruments was constructed. A new technique to obtain vertical structure of ice cloud tops was developed combining polarimetry and lidar. A technique to infer cloud top heights using multi-angle passive observations was evaluated with colocated lidar measurements. A new technique to infer cloud droplet number concentrations was developed. MODIS airborne simulator measurements from past campaigns were recalibrated.