Special Issue "Cloud Remote Sensing: Current Status and Perspective"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Atmospheric Techniques, Instruments, and Modeling".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2023 | Viewed by 240

Special Issue Editors

1. Remote Sensing Technology Institute, Atmospheric Processors, German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, 82234 Wessling, Germany
2. Department of Physics, Institute of Environmental Physics, University Bremen, 28359 Bremen, Germany
Interests: clouds; aerosols; atmospheric composition; radiative transfer; time series analysis; trend detection; climate data records; climate networks
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Program of Atmospheric Sciences, Institute of Earth Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 91904, Israel
Interests: cloud remote sensing; atmospheric radiative transfer; climatic effects of cloudiness
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Clouds are composed of liquid water droplets, ice crystals or a mixture of the two. Clouds with mixtures of ice particles and cloud droplets also occur. Clouds are inherently inhomogeneous media with inhomogeneity both in the vertical and horizontal directions. Therefore, theoretical studies on radiation transport in clouds (e.g., clouds of various shapes) are performed using the 3D radiative transfer theory. Accounting for 3D effects and cloud vertical inhomogeneity is critical in modern cloud remote sensing. In addition, the modelling of light-scattering properties of irregular ice crystals and effects of possible cloud pollution via various impurities (e.g., dust, smoke, volcanic eruptions) is at the frontier of modern cloud research and remote sensing.

Because clouds play an important role in the water cycle, atmospheric radiative transfer, weather prediction and climate change, they have been thoroughly studied using ground-based, shipborne, airborne and satellite instrumentation operating from the optical to thermal and microwave spectral ranges.

This Special Issue is focused on the latest developments in cloud remote sensing. We therefore invite papers on the following areas:

  • Ground-based cloud remote sensing;
  • Satellite cloud remote sensing;
  • Airborne cloud remote sensing;
  • Remote sensing of clouds using optical and thermal infrared techniques;
  • Microwave remote sensing of clouds;
  • Multi-angular cloud polarimetry;
  • Radiative transfer in clouds;
  • Light scattering by ice crystals and mixed-phase clouds;
  • Radiative properties of polluted and mixed phase clouds;
  • Radiative properties of hurricanes.

You may choose our Joint Special Issue in Remote Sensing.

Dr. Alexander Kokhanovsky
Dr. Luca Lelli
Prof. Dr. Daniel Rosenfeld
Guest Editors

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  • clouds
  • hurricanes
  • precipitation
  • cloud pollution
  • remote sensing
  • radiative transfer
  • light scattering
  • atmospheric ice crystals

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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