Determining cloud thermodynamic phase from the polarized Micro Pulse Lidar

Jasper R. Lewis, James R. Campbell, Sebastian A. Stewart, Ivy Tan, Ellsworth J. Welton, Simone Lolli
2020 Atmospheric Measurement Techniques  
Abstract. A method to distinguish cloud thermodynamic phase from polarized Micro Pulse Lidar (MPL) measurements is described. The method employs a simple enumerative approach to classify cloud layers as either liquid water, ice water, or mixed-phase clouds based on the linear volume depolarization ratio and cloud top temperatures derived from Goddard Earth Observing System, version 5 (GEOS-5), assimilated data. Two years of cloud retrievals from the Micro Pulse Lidar Network (MPLNET) site in
more » ... (MPLNET) site in Greenbelt, MD, are used to evaluate the performance of the algorithm. The fraction of supercooled liquid water in the mixed-phase temperature regime (−37–0 ∘C) calculated using MPLNET data is compared to similar calculations made using the spaceborne Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP) instrument onboard the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) satellite, with reasonable consistency.
doi:10.5194/amt-13-6901-2020 fatcat:zsoyajhhfvc7hkuqevilzvrhn4