Abstract

We present observations of cirrus clouds from June 2006 to July 2007 performed by using a two- wavelength lidar located at Hampton University. For this time period, cirrus clouds were observed mostly in 713.5km altitudes. Data analyses have been performed focusing on a color-ratio retrieval. In total, 86,369 samples from 1,689 profiles (1min average and 15m range resolution) containing cirrus clouds with attenuated backscatter ratio (ratio of attenuated total backscatter to the molecular backscatter) larger than 10 have been selected. The cirrus color ratio distribution shows a peak value at about 0.88 and a full width at half-maximum of 0.12.

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