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Validation of POLDER/ADEOS data using a ground-based lidar network: Preliminary results for semi-transparent and cirrus cloudsAt mid and tropical latitudes, cirrus clouds are present more than 50% of the time in satellites observations. Due to their large spatial and temporal coverage, and associated low temperatures, cirrus clouds have a major influence on the Earth-Ocean-Atmosphere energy balance through their effects on the incoming solar radiation and outgoing infrared radiation. At present the impact of cirrus clouds on climate is well recognized but remains to be asserted more precisely, for their optical and radiative properties are not very well known. In order to understand the effects of cirrus clouds on climate, their optical and radiative characteristics of these clouds need to be determined accurately at different scales in different locations i.e. latitude. Lidars are well suited to observe cirrus clouds, they can detect very thin and semi-transparent layers, and retrieve the clouds geometrical properties i.e. altitude and multilayers, as well as radiative properties i.e. optical depth, backscattering phase functions of ice crystals. Moreover the linear depolarization ratio can give information on the ice crystal shape. In addition, the data collected with an airborne version of POLDER (POLarization and Directionality of Earth Reflectances) instrument have shown that bidirectional polarized measurements can provide information on cirrus cloud microphysical properties (crystal shapes, preferred orientation in space). The spaceborne version of POLDER-1 has been flown on ADEOS-1 platform during 8 months (October 96 - June 97), and the next POLDER-2 instrument will be launched in 2000 on ADEOS-2. The POLDER-1 cloud inversion algorithms are currently under validation. For cirrus clouds, a validation based on comparisons between cloud properties retrieved from POLDER-1 data and cloud properties inferred from a ground-based lidar network is currently under consideration. We present the first results of the validation.
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Conference Paper
Chepfer, H. (Ecole Polytechnique Palaiseau, France)
Sauvage, L. (Ecole Polytechnique Palaiseau, France)
Flamant, P. H. (Ecole Polytechnique Palaiseau, France)
Pelon, J. (Ecole Polytechnique Palaiseau, France)
Goloub, P. (Lille Univ. France)
Brogniez, G. (Lille Univ. France)
spinhirne, J. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Lavorato, M. (Centro de Investigaciones en Laser Villa Martelli, Argentina)
Sugimoto, N. (National Inst. for Environmental Studies Tsukuba, Japan)
Date Acquired
August 18, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1998
Publication Information
Publication: Nineteenth International Laser Radar Conference
Subject Category
Meteorology and Climatology
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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