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Cloud optical thickness and liquid water path – does the k coefficient vary with droplet concentration?
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
Cloud radiative transfer calculations in general circulation models involve a link between cloud microphysical and optical properties. Indeed, the liquid water content expresses as a function of the mean volume droplet radius, while the light extinction is a function of their mean surface radius. There is a small difference between these two parameters because of the droplet spectrum width. This issue has been addressed by introducing an empirical multiplying correction factor to the dropletdoi:10.5194/acp-11-9771-2011 fatcat:37cxpirmsnh6nemgjqwdr7a64i