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Title: Cloud properties and associated radiative heating rates in the tropical western Pacific

Abstract

Radiative heating of the atmosphere affects cloud evolution on the cloud scale and it influences large-scale vertical motion. Obtaining good estimates of radiative heating rate profiles has been difficult due to a lack of cloud profile observations. The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program has been measuring cloud property distributions at sites around the globe including three in the tropical western Pacific (TWP) region. We have analyzed a month of these remote sensing observations at Manus and Nauru to calculate time series of vertical cloud property profiles and radiative heating rates. This data set will be an important tool for describing radiative processes in the tropics and assessing the simulation of these processes in dynamical models.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
964627
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-43260
KP1201030
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres), 112 (Article number: D05201)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Mather, Jim H., McFarlane, Sally A., Miller, Mark A., and Johnson, Karen L. Cloud properties and associated radiative heating rates in the tropical western Pacific. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1029/2006JD007555.
Mather, Jim H., McFarlane, Sally A., Miller, Mark A., & Johnson, Karen L. Cloud properties and associated radiative heating rates in the tropical western Pacific. United States. doi:10.1029/2006JD007555.
Mather, Jim H., McFarlane, Sally A., Miller, Mark A., and Johnson, Karen L. Thu . "Cloud properties and associated radiative heating rates in the tropical western Pacific". United States. doi:10.1029/2006JD007555.
@article{osti_964627,
title = {Cloud properties and associated radiative heating rates in the tropical western Pacific},
author = {Mather, Jim H. and McFarlane, Sally A. and Miller, Mark A. and Johnson, Karen L.},
abstractNote = {Radiative heating of the atmosphere affects cloud evolution on the cloud scale and it influences large-scale vertical motion. Obtaining good estimates of radiative heating rate profiles has been difficult due to a lack of cloud profile observations. The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program has been measuring cloud property distributions at sites around the globe including three in the tropical western Pacific (TWP) region. We have analyzed a month of these remote sensing observations at Manus and Nauru to calculate time series of vertical cloud property profiles and radiative heating rates. This data set will be an important tool for describing radiative processes in the tropics and assessing the simulation of these processes in dynamical models.},
doi = {10.1029/2006JD007555},
journal = {Journal of Geophysical Research. D. (Atmospheres), 112 (Article number: D05201)},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Thu Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2007}
}