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Special Issue "Remote Sensing for Cloud, Aerosol, Radiation, and Precipitation Interactions"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Atmospheric Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 134

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Baike Xi
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Guest Editor
Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
Interests: cloud microphysics retrieval from ground base measurements; atmospheric radiative transfer; cloud and radiation parameterizations in climate model; ground and satellite remote sensing of clouds and radiation; heterogeneous reaction in clouds; Asian dust/pollution transport
Dr. Jake J. Gristey
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Guest Editor
1. Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
2. NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory, Boulder, CO, USA
3. Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
Interests: radiative energy flows; atmospheric circulations; climate change; solar energy variability; weather prediction models; 3D radiation calculations; earth’s radiation budget

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The interactions between aerosols, clouds, radiation, and precipitation involve numerous complex physical and dynamic factors. While previous studies have made significant strides in understanding these interactions, such as the relationships between aerosol‒cloud (ACI), aerosol‒radiation (ARI), aerosol‒precipitation, and cloud‒precipitation on various temporal and spatial scales, some interactions exhibit sign changes, such as the aerosol‒cloud indirect radiative effects. Therefore, it begs the question: can we leverage existing measurements to investigate outstanding issues? Furthermore, can we propose future experiments that would enable us to quantify these interactions more accurately?

The objective of this Special Issue is to invite papers that enhance our comprehension of aerosol‒cloud‒radiation and/or aerosol‒cloud‒precipitation interaction(s) through observational data, irrespective of whether the data comes from short- or long-term measurements. The goal is to bridge gaps in our understanding and address issues that arise while employing remote sensing technology. The suggested topics include (1) the impact of aerosol above boundary-layer clouds on radiative interactions over ocean and land, (2) aerosol impact on the stratocumulus-to-cumulus transition, (3) the process of the aerosol‒cloud‒precipitation transition, and (4) utilizing observational data to constrain model simulations related to all the above topics.

Topics for consideration include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Any interactions among the aerosol‒cloud‒radiation below/above boundary layer clouds.
  • Any interactions among the aerosol‒cloud‒precipitation of any clouds.

Prof. Dr. Baike Xi
Dr. Jake J. Gristey
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Remote Sensing is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • aerosol‒cloud interaction (ACI)
  • aerosol‒cloud‒radiation interaction (ACRI)
  • aerosol‒cloud‒precipitation interaction (ACPI)
  • boundary layer cloud properties
  • aerosol indirect effects

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