This chapter introduces to the microphysical properties of clouds and precipitation, such as particle number concentration, size, and shape, and their relationship with atmospheric aerosols. The role of clouds and aerosols into the climate system and models is briefly discussed, with an emphasis on the associated uncertainty and the current level of understanding. Potential feedback effects of an increasing aerosols load are discussed. The chapter also explains the need for multi-sensor strategies, using radiometer, radar, and lidar, for the accurate and reliable measurement of cloud properties and finally it places some questions on the implications for common model assumptions.
|Title of host publication||Integrated ground-based observing systems|
|Editors||D Cimini, FS Marzano, G Visconti|
|Place of Publication||Berlin-Heidelberg|
|Number of pages||309|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
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