research data . Dataset . 2019

CASCCAD: Cumulus And Stratocumulus Cloudsat-CAlipso Dataset

Cesana, Grégory;
Open Access
  • Published: 05 May 2019
  • Publisher: Zenodo
In these two datasets, we document spatial distributions and profiles of stratocumulus (Sc) and cumulus (Cu) clouds on a global scale. To this end, we design an original discrimination algorithm (DA) that distinguishes Sc and Cu based on three observable cloud-properties: cloud top height (CTH), horizontal cloud fraction (HCF) and vertical cloud fraction variability (VCF). These simple criteria are sufficient to characterize the distinctive shape of Cu, which have a limited horizontal extent and highly variable CTH as opposed to Sc, which cover larger areas and have a small and stable geometrical thickness. The DA is utilized on instantaneous profiles of active-...
free text keywords: cloud, stratocumulus, cumulus, CALIPSO, CloudSat, profiles, maps, lidar, radar
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