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Special Issue "Remote Sensing of Aerosol - Cloud Interactions"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2020) | Viewed by 484

Special Issue Editors

1. Applied Physics Department, University of Granada, 18010 Granada, Spain
2. Andalusian Institute for Earth System Research (IISTA), 18010 Granada, Spain
Interests: atmospheric pollution; satellite image analysis; atmospheric physics
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Dr. David Whiteman
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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – Emeritus, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
Interests: LIDAR technique developments for aerosols and clouds
Laboratoire d’Optique Atmosphérique, CNRS/Universite Lille, 59655 Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
Interests: inverse methods; atmospheric aerosol; aerosol remote sensing; aerosol–cloud interactions; inverse modeling
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Dr. Pavel Litvinov
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Generelized Retrieval of Atmosphere and Surface Properties, 59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq, CEDEX, France
Interests: development of new methods for aerosol and cloud retrievals from remote sensing measurements

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Atmospheric aerosols are essential to understanding the Earth–atmosphere radiative system, because they directly interact with solar radiation but also indirectly interact by altering the lifetime and development of clouds. The latest advances in remote sensing, both from ground and space measurements, have allowed great advances in understanding aerosol direct effects on radiation. However, in the field of aerosol–cloud interaction further advances are still needed. In this sense, aerosols can serve as cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) and ice nuclei particles (INP), upon which cloud droplets and ice crystals form. Cloud formation usually occurs in rising air, which expands and cools, thus permitting the activation of aerosol particles into cloud droplets and ice crystals in supersaturated air. Cloud particles are generally larger than aerosol particles and are composed mostly of liquid water or ice and, when grown to a sufficient size, become falling hydrometers, which are categorized as drizzle drops, raindrops, snow crystals, graupel, and hailstones. Clouds, however, are presented in different forms—e.g., liquid water (possibly super cooled), ice, or both (mixed phase).

This Special Issue on “Remote Sensing of Aerosol–Cloud Interactions” focuses on improving the current understanding of remote sensing, resulting in a better understanding of the role of aerosol particles in cloud formation and developments and in clouds radiative effects. In this sense, the characterization of aerosols in clouds and in the vicinity of clouds is essential. We also encourage presenting the latest developments in inversion techniques to retrieve aerosol properties in cloudy conditions. Uses of long-term databases from space instruments and from ground-based networks (e.g., EARLINET, MPLNET, AERONET) and from intensive field campaigns are strongly encouraged. While remote sensing is the focus of this Special Issue, combining remote sensing measurements with model outputs is highly encouraged as well.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Active remote sensing measurements of aerosol and clouds (e.g., LIDAR, radar);
  • Polarimetry measurements for aerosol and cloud characterization;
  • Cloud and aerosol measurements from space;
  • Retrieval techniques for the characterization of aerosol microphysical properties and their role as CCN and INP;
  • CCN and INP activation processes;
  • Aerosol impact on cloud radiative properties;
  • Data assimilation in mesoscale models.

Dr. Daniel Pérez-Ramírez
Dr. David Whiteman
Dr. Simone Lolli
Dr. Oleg Dubovik
Dr. Pavel Litvinov
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • aerosol–cloud interactions
  • IPN and ICN formation
  • ground-based networks for aerosols and clouds
  • retrievals of aerosol and cloud properties

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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