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Cloud Effective Radius

Other Names

Cloud Partice Size

Definition

It is an area weighted mean radius of the cloud droplets.
Cloud effective radius (microns) is defined as:


r = particle radius
n(r) = particle size distribution (number of particles per cm2 with   radius in the range r and r+dr microns)

Applications

(1) Radiative Transfer Model (3) Earth Radiation Budget
(2) Air Quality(fog) (4) Climate Change

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