Vol. 9, issue 10, article # 14

pdf Kokhanenko G. P., Penner I. E., Shamanaev V. S. Lidar studies of maritime cloudiness. // Atmospheric and oceanic optics. 1996. V. 9. No. 10. P. 888-894.
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The low cloud boundary has been investigated with a lidar placed onboard a scientific vessel sailed in the North Atlantic. Its height is 0.1-5.5 km. It has been found that the heights of low boundaries of stratiform cloud cells 5-70 km long obey the asymmetric distribution rather than the Gaussian one. The coefficient of asymmetry may be positive or negative. The laser radiation extinction coefficient also obeys the asymmetric distribution in most cases.