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The
cloud drop effective radius (alternatively
cloud effective radius or
effective radius) is a weighted mean of the size distribution of cloud droplets. The term was defined in 1974 by James E. Hansen and Larry Travis as the ratio of the third to the second
momentIn mathematics, a moment is, loosely speaking, a quantitative measure of the shape of a set of points. The "second moment", for example, is widely used and measures the "width" of a set of points in one dimension or in higher dimensions measures the shape of a cloud of points as it could be fit by...
of a droplet size distribution to aid in the
inversionAn inverse problem is a general framework that is used to convert observed measurements into information about a physical object or system that we are interested in...
of
remotely sensedRemote sensing is the acquisition of information about an object or phenomenon, without making physical contact with the object. In modern usage, the term generally refers to the use of aerial sensor technologies to detect and classify objects on Earth by means of propagated signals Remote sensing...
data. Physically, it is an area weighted radius of the cloud drop particles.
Mathematically, this can be expressed as
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