Ice Cloud Bulk Scattering/Absorption Models


This Project has three goals:

  1. To make better use of historical in-situ data collected from ice clouds to derive both particle size distributions and particle habit distributions
  2. To develop the most up-to-date set of single scattering properties calculated for a variety of habits, including droxtals, plates, hollow and solid columns, 3D bullet rosettes, and aggregrates, and
  3. To develop state-of-the-art ice cloud bulk scattering models for use with various remote sensing instruments, including lidars, satellite imagers, and IR-based interferometers. Several scattering models are available for download via the project website, including those for MODIS, MISR, VIRS, SEVIRI, GOES-ABI (Advanced Baseline Imager), AVHRR, AATSR, MAS (MODIS Airborne Simulator), and IR interferometers (e.g., useful for AIRS, NAST-I, S-HIS, and AERI).

Contact information

CIMSS Program Assistant: Maria Vasys
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1225 W. Dayton St.
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-263-7435 (CIMSS Office)
Fax: 608-262-5974 (CIMSS Office)

Principal Investigator

Bryan Baum

Funding contributors and acknowledgements

NASA Roses (2006)


Ping Yang (Co-I, Texas A&M), and Andy Heymsfield (Co-I, NCAR)

December 8, 2008