Articles | Volume 10, issue 4
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 2279–2293, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-10-2279-2018
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 2279–2293, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-10-2279-2018

  14 Dec 2018

14 Dec 2018

Using CALIOP to estimate cloud-field base height and its uncertainty: the Cloud Base Altitude Spatial Extrapolator (CBASE) algorithm and dataset

Johannes Mülmenstädt et al.

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One of the key pieces of information about a cloud is how high its base is. Unlike cloud top, cloud base is hard to observe from a satellite perspective – the cloud blocks the view. But without using satellites, it is difficult to compile global datasets. Here we describe how we worked around the limitations of a cloud-detecting laser satellite to observe global cloud base heights. This dataset will expand our knowledge of the cloudy atmosphere and its interaction with the planetary surface.