Among the different cloud properties which are required to characterise a cloud and its interactions with radiation or its representation in models, this active remote sensing combination allows the following cloud parameters to be documented:
The macrophysical (or «morphological») properties of clouds and aerosols - the type of particle (cloud or aerosol), the top, base and thickness of cloud and aerosol layers, which are essential characteristics to estimate the radiative budget.
The microphysical and radiative properties of clouds and aerosols - The type of aerosol, the cloud phase (liquid, solid, mixed) and the layer-mean or vertically-resolved microphysical properties for each water phase can be obtained either via the lidar alone, the radar alone, or the combination.
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