New Insights into Convective Dynamics and Convective Cloud Vertical Structures from Synergistic Measurements by CloudSat, CALIPSO and MODIS.

Thursday, 18 December 2014: 9:15 AM
Zhengzhao Johnny Luo, City College of New York, New York, NY, United States, Hanii Takahashi, Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, CA, United States, Suginori Iwasaki, National Defense Academy of Japan, Yokosuka, Japan and Graeme L Stephens, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States
A-Train observations, particularly MODIS (on Aqua), CloudSat and CALIPSO, provide a unique opportunity to study and to understand convective cloud processes and structures. In this talk, we will present examples from recent publications by both the authors and others to illustrate how these synergistic passive and active measurements can help gain new insights into the internal vertical structure and dynamics of tropical convective clouds. We focus on two different parts of convective clouds, namely, convective core and convective outflow. We will also discuss limitations of these measurements and propose possible improvements in future mission designs.