Ice Cloud Bulk Scattering Models for the Multiangle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR)

These models are the result of a multiyear team effort to derive new ice cloud scattering models based on reanalysis of in-situ data from a variety of midlatitude and tropical ice cloud field experiments. Here are a few details about the models:

  1. Size distributions are based on 45 size bins (particle size ranges from 2 to 9500 microns).
  2. Ice particle habit distributions vary as a function of maximum dimension.
  3. New ice crystal scattering property libraries have been calculated for a variety of habits, including plates, hollow and solid columns, 3-D bullet rosettes, and aggregates.
  4. Each model contains the mean and standard deviation of each microphysical and optical property, including ice water content, mean mass diameter, single scatter albedo, asymmetry factor, fraction of delta transmitted energy, extinction efficiency, and the scattering phase function.

In situ Microphysical Ice Cloud Data

More complete descriptions of the in situ data are provided in the following links.

Description of the field experiments and data sources

Particle size distributions

Ice crystal habit "recipe" implemented for these models

The percentage of each habit used in the integration of a given property over a particle size distribution is based on the particle's maximum dimension.

D < 60 microns:
100% droxtals

60 microns < D < 1000 microns:
15% 3D bullet rosettes
50% solid columns
35% plates

1000 microns < D < 2500 microns:
45% hollow columns
45% solid columns
10% aggregates

2500 microns < D < 9500 microns
97% 3D bullet rosettes
3% aggregates

MISR Narrowband Models:

A tar file has been prepared for each of the AVHRR bands noted below. Each tar file contains a set of 18 models, with effective diameters (De) spanning a range from 10 to 180 microns in increments of 10 microns.

Naming convention of individual files: The band number and effective diameter is in the file name. For example, a file named MISR_mix1_b01_d080.dat means this: habit mixture 1 as described above, MISR band 1 (0.446 micron wavelength), and a De of 80 microns.

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