Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre, Oberpfaffenhofen, 82234 Wessling, Germany
Received: 30 Jul 2008 – Published in Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss.: 03 Nov 2008 – Published: 10 Mar 2009
Abstract. This study shows that it is possible to retrieve the temporal evolution of cloud base heights in convective broken cloud fields from data of the SEVIRI instrument onboard the geostationary satellite Meteosat-9. Presented and discussed are time dependent base heights with a temporal resolution of 15 min from morning to afternoon. Cloud base heights retrieved from SEVIRI data are also compared with independent measurements of a ceilometer, with condensation levels calculated from radiosonde data and with base heights obtained from an application of the method to NOAA/AVHRR data. The validation has been performed for three days in the year 2007 and for seven test areas distributed over Germany and neighbouring countries. The standard deviations of the absolute differences between cloud base heights from Meteosat-9 and radiosonde measurements as well as between NOAA/AVHRR and Meteosat-9 results are both of the order of ±290 m. The correlation coefficient is 0.53 for the comparison of satellite with radiosonde measurements and 0.78 for the intercomparison of the satellite measurements. Furthermore, it is shown that the method retrieves the temporal evolution of cloud base heights in very good agreement with time dependent ceilometer measurements.
Citation: Meerkötter, R. and Bugliaro, L.: Diurnal evolution of cloud base heights in convective cloud fields from MSG/SEVIRI data, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 1767-1778, doi:10.5194/acp-9-1767-2009, 2009.