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CASCCAD: Cumulus And Stratocumulus Cloudsat-CAlipso Dataset

Cesana, Grégory


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  "description": "<p>In these two&nbsp;datasets, we document spatial distributions and profiles of stratocumulus (Sc) and cumulus (Cu) clouds on a global scale.</p>\n\n<p>To this end, we design an original discrimination algorithm (DA) that distinguishes Sc and Cu based on three observable cloud-properties: cloud top height (CTH), horizontal cloud fraction (HCF) and vertical cloud fraction variability (VCF). These simple criteria are sufficient to characterize the distinctive shape of Cu, which have a limited horizontal extent and highly variable CTH as opposed to Sc, which cover larger areas and have a small and stable geometrical thickness. The DA is utilized on instantaneous profiles of active-sensor Cloud-Aerosols Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO), specifically the&nbsp;General Circulation Model - Oriented CALIPSO Cloud Product (CALIPSO-GOCCP), and&nbsp;CloudSat-CALIPSO combined observations.</p>\n\n<p>By documenting the geographical distribution of Sc and Cu clouds, these datasets make it possible to evaluate the shallow convection (Cu type) and boundary layer (Sc type) clouds in state-of-the art climate models, which are typically generated by distinct parametrizations.</p>", 
  "license": "https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode", 
  "creator": [
    {
      "affiliation": "Columbia University, NASA-GISS", 
      "@id": "https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8899-0509", 
      "@type": "Person", 
      "name": "Cesana, Gr\u00e9gory"
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  "url": "https://zenodo.org/record/2667637", 
  "datePublished": "2019-05-05", 
  "keywords": [
    "cloud, stratocumulus, cumulus, CALIPSO, CloudSat, profiles, maps, lidar, radar"
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      "@type": "Person", 
      "name": "Del Genio, Anthony"
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    {
      "affiliation": "Sorbonne Universit\u00e9", 
      "@type": "Person", 
      "name": "Chepfer, Helene"
    }
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