JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017

Presentation information

[EE] Oral

A (Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences) » A-OS Ocean Sciences & Ocean Environment

[A-OS16] [EE] Interdisciplinary ocean studies for global change

Mon. May 22, 2017 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM 303 (International Conference Hall 3F)

convener:Michio Kawamiya(Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology), Shin-ichi Ito(Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo), Haruko Kurihara(University of the Ryukyus), Shoshiro Minobe(Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University), Chairperson:Michio Kawamiya(Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology)

11:55 AM - 12:10 PM

[AOS16-05] Studying potential link between phytoplankton and water cloud microphysics at high latitudes using 11 year CALIPSO lidar measurements

*Yongxiang Hu1 (1.NASA Langley Research Center)

Keywords:lidar, cloud, phytoplankton

CALIPSO satellite started taking lidar measurements of the atmosphere and ocean since 2006. The lidar measurements provide unique information about high latitude water cloud microphysics ( Hu et al., 2007) and ocean subsurface measurements (Behrenfeld et al., 2013; Behrenfeld et al., 2016) all year round. Lidar can make measurements of ocean subsurface at high latitudes all season, including winter, since it provides its own light and it can measure ocean subsurface from holes between clouds (Behrenfeld et al., 2016). Lidar also provide unique water cloud microphysics measurements since its depolarization ratio measurements are sensitive to droplet number concentration and extinction coefficient. This study investigate correlations of high latitude cloud microphysical property anomaly and ocean phytoplankton carbon anomaly during the last 11 years in order to evaluate the link between ocean biogeochemistry and cloud radiative forcing.


Behrenfeld, M. J., Y. Hu, C. Hostetler, G. Dall’Olmo, S. D. Rodier et al., 2013: Space-based lidar measurements of global ocean carbon stocks, GRL, 40, 4355–4360, doi:10.1002/grl.50816.

Behrenfeld, M, Y. Hu, et al., 2016: Annual boom–bust cycles of polar phytoplankton biomass revealed by space-based lidar, Nature Geoscience, DOI: 10.1038/NGEO2861.

Hu, Y., M. Vaughan, C. McClain, M. Behrenfeld et al., 2007: Global statistics of liquid water content and effective number concentration of water clouds over ocean derived from combined CALIPSO and MODIS measurements, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 7, 3353–3359.