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, C. T. 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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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