Laser transmission-backscattering through inhomogeneous cirrus clouds.

  title={Laser transmission-backscattering through inhomogeneous cirrus clouds.},
  author={Steve S. C. Ou and Yoshihide Takano and Kuo-Nan Liou and Randy J. Lefevre and Michael W. Johnson},
  journal={Applied optics},
  volume={41 27},
We have developed a two-dimensional (2D) model for inhomogeneous cirrus clouds in plane-parallel and spherical geometries for the analysis of the transmission and backscattering of high-energy laser beams. The 2D extinction-coefficient and mean effective ice-crystal size fields for cirrus clouds can be determined from a combination of the remote sensing of cirrus clouds by use of the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer on board National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellites and… CONTINUE READING