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  • Editor: Jospeh N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 3 — Jan. 20, 2009
  • pp: 633–642

Satellite remote sensing of dust aerosol indirect effects on ice cloud formation

Steve Szu-Cheng Ou, Kuo-Nan Liou, Xingjuan Wang, Richard Hansell, Randy Lefevre, and Stephen Cocks  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 3, pp. 633-642 (2009)

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We undertook a new approach to investigate the aerosol indirect effect of the first kind on ice cloud formation by using available data products from the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) and obtained physical understanding about the interaction between aerosols and ice clouds. Our analysis focused on the examination of the variability in the correlation between ice cloud parameters (optical depth, effective particle size, cloud water path, and cloud particle number concentration) and aerosol optical depth and number concentration that were inferred from available satellite cloud and aerosol data products. Correlation results for a number of selected scenes containing dust and ice clouds are presented, and dust aerosol indirect effects on ice clouds are directly demonstrated from satellite observations.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1110) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosols

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: July 15, 2008
Revised Manuscript: December 3, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: December 7, 2008
Published: January 16, 2009

Steve Szu-Cheng Ou, Kuo-Nan Liou, Xingjuan Wang, Richard Hansell, Randy Lefevre, and Stephen Cocks, "Satellite remote sensing of dust aerosol indirect effects on ice cloud formation," Appl. Opt. 48, 633-642 (2009)

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