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New article from Brent McBride and Dr. J. Vanderlei Martins

April 27, 2020 11:42 AM
New article published in Atmospheric Measurement Techniques.

“Spatial distribution of cloud droplet size properties from Airborne Hyper-Angular Rainbow Polarimeter (AirHARP) measurements”

Brent A. McBride, J. Vanderlei Martins, Henrique M. J. Barbosa, William Birmingham, and Lorraine A. Remer

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1777–1796


Abstract: Clouds play a large role in the way our Earth system distributes energy. The measurement of cloud droplet size distribution (DSD) is one way to connect small-scale cloud processes to scattered radiation. Our small satellite instrument, the Airborne Hyper-Angular Rainbow Polarimeter, is the first to infer DSDs over a wide spatial cloud field using polarized light. This study improves the way we interpret cloud properties and shows that high-quality space science does not require a large taxpayer cost.