2B-CLDCLASS-LIDAR P_R04

2B-CLDCLASS-LIDAR

2B-CLDCLASS-lidar combines CloudSat CPR and CALIPSO lidar measurements to classify clouds into stratus (St), stratus (Sc), cumulus (Cu, including cumulus congestus), nimbostratus (Ns), altocumulus (Ac), altostratus (As), deep convective (cumulonimbus), or high (cirrus and cirrostratus) clouds. Compared with the 2B-CLDCLASS product, 2B-CLDCLASS-lidar takes advantages of more complete cloud vertical structure from lidar and radar measurements, which not only improve overall cloud detection but also provide more reliable information for cloud type characterization.

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