WISCDYMM-SAT

MULTISPECTRAL AND CLOUD MICROPHYSICAL MODEL (CMM) CLOUD TOP ANALYSIS

From an open collaboration with the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin, USA (WISCDYMM), a series of multispectral cloud top satellite-based analysis methods have been developed with the main goal of extracting cloud-top hydrometeor microphysical properties.

The use of the multispectral analysis approach has allowed extracting a lot of information about the cloud top structure, and in particular about the presence and characterization of cloud top plume. MODIS multispectral data has been used to this purpose: the most effective way to analyze cloud top has been found to be the use of both Level 1 and Level 2 data, making direct use of all 36 multispectral bands and some Level 2 products like Cloud Top Pressure (CTP).