High spectral resolution infrared measurements were designed with the application of atmospheric temperature and moisture retrievals and provide increased capabilities over narrow-band radiometers. These observations are also useful for detecting clouds and aerosols and for characterizing their optical properties. This paper explores the advantages and disadvantages of using high-spectral resolution infrared observations coupled with imager data to detect cloud and aerosol and, where feasible, retrieve their microphysical properties. Presented along with the overview of these algorithms are demonstrations of their capabilities as applied to aircraft and satellite based instruments.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

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