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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 10 — Apr. 1, 2008
  • pp: 1478–1485

Measurements of cirrus cloud backscatter color ratio with a two-wavelength lidar

Zongming Tao, M. Patrick McCormick, Dong Wu, Zhaoyan Liu, and Mark A. Vaughan  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 10, pp. 1478-1485 (2008)

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We present observations of cirrus clouds from June 2006 to July 2007 performed by using a two- wavelength lidar located at Hampton University. For this time period, cirrus clouds were observed mostly in 7 13.5 km altitudes. Data analyses have been performed focusing on a color-ratio retrieval. In total, 86,369 samples from 1,689 profiles ( 1 min average and 15 m range resolution) containing cirrus clouds with attenuated backscatter ratio (ratio of attenuated total backscatter to the molecular backscatter) larger than 10 have been selected. The cirrus color ratio distribution shows a peak value at about 0.88 and a full width at half-maximum of 0.12.

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OCIS Codes
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
(010.1615) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Clouds

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: November 16, 2007
Revised Manuscript: February 4, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: February 4, 2008
Published: March 27, 2008

Zongming Tao, M. Patrick McCormick, Dong Wu, Zhaoyan Liu, and Mark A. Vaughan, "Measurements of cirrus cloud backscatter color ratio with a two-wavelength lidar," Appl. Opt. 47, 1478-1485 (2008)

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