A Shallow Convection Latent Heating Algorithm for CloudSat
Synthetic retrievals demonstrate that latent heating in shallow precipitating clouds can be constrained using characteristic properties of the reflectivity profile including path integrated reflectivity, path integrated attenuation, and cloud and precipitation top heights. The information provided by ancillary measurements of proxies for atmospheric stability and aerosol concentrations will be examined within this framework. Initial retrievals from CloudSat data will be presented, and retrieved precipitation rates and liquid water path will be compared against existing CloudSat datasets. Finally, considerations for expanding this algorithm to address other precipitation regimes will be outlined along with the possibility of including ancillary measurements into the algorithm.