Global cloud water distribution derived from special sensor microwave imager/sounder and its comparison with GCM simulation

F. Weng, N. C. Grody, R. R. Ferraro, Q. Zhao, Cheng-Ta Chen

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    Abstract

    An SSM/I algorithm is developed for measuring cloud liquid water of raining and non-raining clouds. Cloud ice water corresponding to precipitation sized ice particles is obtained from the SSM/I scattering index which is calibrated against radar-derived ice water content. Smaller ice particles in upper level clouds are detected using scattering index based on SSM/T2 183±3 and 183 ±1 GHz channels which allow for removing water vapor emission. It is shown that SSM/I derived cloud liquid water distribution agrees well with GCM simulations, particularly in tropical latitudes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)407-411
    Number of pages5
    JournalAdvances in Space Research
    Volume19
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1997 Jan 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Space and Planetary Science

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