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Remote sensing of droplet number concentration in warm clouds: A review of the current state of knowledge and perspectives

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The cloud droplet number concentration (Nd) is of central interest to improve the understanding of cloud physics and for quantifying the effective radiative forcing by aerosol‐cloud interactions. Current standard satellite retrievals do not operationally provide Nd, but it can be inferred from retrievals of cloud optical depth (τc) cloud droplet effective radius (re) and cloud top temperature. This review summarizes issues with this approach and quantifies uncertainties. A total relative unce...

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10.1029/2017RG000593

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Funding agency for:
Stier, P
Grant:
project RECAP with grant agreement No 724602
Publisher:
American Geophysical Union Publisher's website
Journal:
Reviews of Geophysics Journal website
Volume:
56
Issue:
2
Pages:
409-453
Publication date:
2018-06-27
Acceptance date:
2018-04-06
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ISSN:
1944-9208
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836647
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2018-04-17

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