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Observational Constraints on Cloud Feedbacks: The Role of Active Satellite Sensors

Abstract : Cloud profiling from active lidar and radar in the A-train satellite constellation has significantly advanced our understanding of clouds and their role in the climate system. Nevertheless, the response of clouds to a warming climate remains one of the largest uncertainties in predicting climate change and for the development of adaptions to change. Both observation of long-term changes and observational constraints on the processes responsible for those changes are necessary. We review recent progress in our understanding of the cloud feedback problem. Capabilities and advantages of active sensors for observing clouds are discussed, along with the importance of active sensors for deriving constraints on cloud feedbacks as an essential component of a global climate observing system.
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David Winker, Helene Chepfer, Vincent Noel, Xia Cai. Observational Constraints on Cloud Feedbacks: The Role of Active Satellite Sensors. Surveys in Geophysics, 2017, 38, pp.1483-1508. ⟨10.1007/s10712-017-9452-0⟩. ⟨insu-03671654⟩

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