Both NASA and ESA propose to fly a space-borne cloud radar, in sun-synchronous orbit, to provide both a cloud climatology and a study of cloud processes. One product from the mission will be 3D monthly mean cloud cover over a global grid. However, this will be only an estimate of the true mean due to the incomplete space-time sampling of the averaging boxes. This error is investigated. It is found under perfect retrieval that the error varies little with assumed cloud overlap, equator crossing time, repeat period and month studied. However, perfect retrieval will not occur in practise and the radar will misclassify clear and cloudy regions. This could lead to biases in estimates for instantaneous and mean could cover. It is found using simulations based on Eucrex reflectivities that this bias could be removed if a suitable detection threshold for the radar is used. This threshold is independent of cloud cover.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Part B: Hydrology, Oceans and Atmosphere|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)