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Title: Lidar Investigation of Tropical Nocturnal Boundary Layer Aerosols and Cloud Macrophysics

Observational evidence of two-way association between nocturnal boundary layer aerosols and cloud macrophysical properties under different meteorological conditions is reported in this paper. The study has been conducted during 2008-09 employing a high space-time resolution polarimetric micro-pulse lidar over a tropical urban station in India. Firstly, the study highlights the crucial role of boundary layer aerosols and background meteorology on the formation and structure of low-level stratiform clouds in the backdrop of different atmospheric stability conditions. Turbulent mixing induced by the wind shear at the station, which is associated with a complex terrain, is found to play a pivotal role in the formation and structural evolution of nocturnal boundary layer clouds. Secondly, it is shown that the trapping of energy in the form of outgoing terrestrial radiation by the overlying low-level clouds can enhance the aerosol mixing height associated with the nocturnal boundary layer. To substantiate this, the long-wave heating associated with cloud capping has been quantitatively estimated in an indirect way by employing an Advanced Research Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF-ARW) model version 2.2 developed by National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Colorado, USA, and supplementary data sets; and differentiated against other heating mechanisms. The present investigation as wellmore » establishes the potential of lidar remote-sensing technique in exploring some of the intriguing aspects of the cloud-environment relationship.« less
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Journal Name: Atmospheric Research, 132-133:65-75
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US)
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United States
lidar; investigation; tropical; nocturnal; boundary; layer; aerosols; cloud; macrophysics