[AAS08-P10] Multilayer Cloud Characteristics over the North Pacific Ocean Obtained from CloudSat/CALIPSO Combined Data
Keywords:Multilayer Cloud, CloudSat/CALIPSO, North Pacific Ocean
In this study, we investigated the difference in the cloud geometrical thickness and maximum radar reflectivity between single and double layered-clouds. As a result, we found that lower cloud of the double layered-clouds were geometrically thinner than the single layer clouds, and those radar reflectivity decreased. Significant differences were observed when the upper clouds were geometrically thick. Altostratus clouds were dominated in the upper clouds over the northern part of the North Pacific Ocean, and upper clouds were geometrically and optically thicker than in other regions. Therefore, we concluded that growth suppression effect was strongly observed in this region.