Reliable and accurate imaging cloudiness and cloud base height measurements using 180 degree field-of-view imaging polarimetry.
The meteorology stations are able to measure almost all the environmental parameters used by the climatic models for weather forecasts automatically. The only exception is cloudiness, that is still estimated by human observers. This method is unreliable, inaccurate and expensive.
Cloud base height – another parameter of the climatic models – is usually measured by an accurate LIDAR, that is able to make point source measurements, i.e. the LIDAR only measures cloud base height in one point, that is usually the zenith.