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Painemal et al. 2021

Painemal, D., D. Spangenberg, W.L. Smith, Jr., P. Minnis, B. Cairns, R.H. Moore, E. Crosbie, C. Robinson, K.L. Thornhill, E.L. Winstead, and L. Ziemba, 2021: Evaluation of satellite retrievals of liquid clouds from the GOES-13 Imager and MODIS over the midlatitude North Atlantic during the NAAMES campaign. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, no. 10, 6633-6646, doi:10.5194/amt-14-6633-2021.

Satellite retrievals of cloud droplet effective radius (re) and optical depth (τ) from the Thirteenth Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-13) and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard Aqua and Terra, based on the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) project algorithms, are evaluated with airborne data collected over the midlatitude boundary layer during the North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES). The airborne dataset comprises in situ re from the Cloud Droplet Probe (CDP) and remotely sensed re and τ from the airborne Research Scanning Polarimeter (RSP). GOES-13 and MODIS (Aqua and Terra) re values are systematically greater than those from the CDP and RSP by at least 4.8 (GOES-13) and 1.7 µm (MODIS) despite relatively high linear correlation coefficients (r=0.52-0.68). In contrast, the satellite τ underestimates its RSP counterpart by -3.0, with r=0.76-0.77. Overall, MODIS yields better agreement with airborne data than GOES-13, with biases consistent with those reported for subtropical stratocumulus clouds. While the negative bias in satellite τ is mostly due to the retrievals having been collected in highly heterogeneous cloud scenes, the causes for the positive bias in satellite re, especially for GOES-13, are more complex. Although the high viewing zenith angle (-65°) and coarser pixel resolution for GOES-13 could explain a re bias of at least 0.7 µm, the higher GOES-13 re bias relative to that from MODIS is likely rooted in other factors. In this regard, a near-monotonic increase was also observed in GOES-13 re up to 1.0 µm with the satellite scattering angle (Θ) over the angular range 116-165°; that is, re increases toward the backscattering direction. Understanding the variations of re with Θ will require the combined use of theoretical computations along with intercomparisons of satellite retrievals derived from sensors with dissimilar viewing geometry.

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@article{pa00700s,
  author={Painemal, D. and Spangenberg, D. and Smith, Jr., W. L. and Minnis, P. and Cairns, B. and Moore, R. H. and Crosbie, E. and Robinson, C. and Thornhill, K. L. and Winstead, E. L. and Ziemba, L.},
  title={Evaluation of satellite retrievals of liquid clouds from the GOES-13 Imager and MODIS over the midlatitude North Atlantic during the NAAMES campaign},
  year={2021},
  journal={Atmos. Meas. Tech.},
  volume={14},
  number={10},
  pages={6633--6646},
  doi={10.5194/amt-14-6633-2021},
}

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TY  - JOUR
ID  - pa00700s
AU  - Painemal, D.
AU  - Spangenberg, D.
AU  - Smith, W. L., Jr.
AU  - Minnis, P.
AU  - Cairns, B.
AU  - Moore, R. H.
AU  - Crosbie, E.
AU  - Robinson, C.
AU  - Thornhill, K. L.
AU  - Winstead, E. L.
AU  - Ziemba, L.
PY  - 2021
TI  - Evaluation of satellite retrievals of liquid clouds from the GOES-13 Imager and MODIS over the midlatitude North Atlantic during the NAAMES campaign
JA  - Atmos. Meas. Tech.
VL  - 14
IS  - 10
SP  - 6633
EP  - 6646
DO  - 10.5194/amt-14-6633-2021
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