A method of retrieving cloud microphysical properties using combined observations from both cloud radar and lidar is introduced. The description of the lidar-radar model accounts for nonspherical effects of the ice crystals, with a treatment for multiple scattering and Mie effects. This retrieval makes use of an improvement to the traditional optimal estimation retrieval method, whereby a series of corrections are applied to the state vector during the search for an iterative solution. This allows faster …
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