Stratiform clouds with embedded convective cells is an important precipitation system. Precise knowledge of the cloud’s microphysical structure can be useful for the development of a numerical weather prediction model and precipitation enhancement. Airborne measurement is one of the important ways for determining the microphysical structure of clouds. However, cloud particle shattering during measurement poses a serious problem to the measured microphysical characterization of clouds. In order to study the different influences of the shattered ice particles on the standard cloud imaging probe (CIP) measurement in the stratiform cloud region and the convective cloud region, a time-variant threshold method to identify the shattered fragments is presented. After application of this algorithm, the shattered fragments were recognized and their impacts on the particle size distribution (PSD), particle number concentration and ice water content measurement were analyzed. It was found that the shattering effect on the PSD decreases with the increasing size of less than 400 μm, fluctuates between 400 μm and 1000 μm and slightly increases with the increasing size of larger than 1000 μm on average in a stratiform region and a convective region. However, the average ratio of PSD uncorrected to that corrected for shattering events using the presented algorithm in convective clouds is larger than that in the stratiform regions in the whole size, and nearly twice that in the size of less than 1000 μm. The measured number concentration can be overestimated by up to a factor of 3.9 on average in a stratiform region, while in a convective region, it is 7.7, nearly twice that of a stratiform region. The ice water content in a stratiform region can be overestimated by 29.5% on average, but by 60.7% in a convective region. These findings can be helpful for the cloud physics community to use the airborne CIP measurement data for numerical weather and climate models.
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