Benefits and limitations


  • This RGB type provides complex and general cloud analysis. It provides information on cloud optical thickness, cloud top temperature and microphysics (phase and effective particle size).
  • Good color contrast between

    • ice and water clouds
    • cold ice clouds and snow
    • snow and water clouds
    • land and sea
    • land and clouds
    • sea and clouds
    • thin and thick ice clouds


  • The color contrast between water clouds with small and large particles is weak
  • These images are less convenient for the public, because
    • the colors are far from natural colors and
    • the interpretation of the images requires practice.