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The MPLCOD VAP retrieves the column cloud visible optical depth using LIDAR derived backscatter from the MPLNOR (Micro Pulse Lidar Normalized Backscatter) and radiosonde thermodynamic profiles. The optical depth retrieval is derived following Comstock et al. (2001), which retrieves visible optical depth and layer average backscatter-to-extinction ratio (k) at the lidar wavelength for each backscatter profile.

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Solomon A, G Feingold, and MD Shupe. 2015. "The role of ice nuclei recycling in the maintenance of cloud ice in Arctic mixed-phase stratocumulus." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15(18), 10.5194/acp-15-10631-2015.
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Thorsen TJ, Q Fu, JM Comstock, C Sivaraman, MA Vaughan, DM Winker, and DD Turner. 2013. "Macrophysical properties of tropical cirrus clouds from the CALIPSO satellite and from ground-based micropulse and Raman lidars." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 118(16), 10.1002/jgrd.50691.


Sivaraman C. 2012. ARM Climate Research Facility Quarterly Value-Added Product Report Fourth Quarter: July 1–September 30, 2012. U.S. Department of Energy. DOE/SC-ARM-12-022.

Sivaraman C. 2012. ARM Climate Research Facility Quarterly Value-Added Product Report First Quarter: October 01-December 31, 2011. U.S. Department of Energy. DOE/SC-ARM-12-002.


Minnis P and PW Heck. 2009. Algorithm Theoretical Basis ABI Nighttime Cloud Optical and Microphysical Properties (NCOMP). Presented at 2009 GOES-R AWG Annual Meeting. College Park, MD.

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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