CORRECTION FOR THE CIRRUS CLOUD TOP HEIGHT OF MODIS BASED ON CALIPSO IN BEIJING-TIANJIN-HEBEI REGION
Keywords: Cirrus, Cloud Top Height, Correction, MODIS, CALIPSO
Abstract. Cirrus plays an important role in atmospheric radiation. It affects weather system and climate change. Satellite remote sensing is an important kind of observation for cloud. As a passive remote sensing instrument, large bias was found for thin cirrus cloud top height retrieval from MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer). Comparatively, CALIOP (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization) aboard CALIPSO (Cloud–Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation) which is an active remote sensing instrument can acquire more accurate characteristics of thin cirrus cloud. In this study, CALIPSO cirrus cloud top height data was used to correct MODIS cirrus cloud top height. The data analysis area was selected in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and data came from 2013 to 2017. Linear fitting method was selected based on cross-validation method between MODIS and CALIPSO data. The results shows that the difference between MODIS and CALIPSO changes from −3~2 km to −2.0~2.5 km, and the maximum difference changes from about −0.8 km to about 0.2 km. In the context of different vertical levels and cloud optical depth, MODIS cirrus cloud top height is improved after correcting, which is more obvious at lower cloud top height and optical thinner cirrus.