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Observation of shallow convective clouds generated by solar heating of dark smoke plume

Klüser, Lars and Rosenfeld, Daniel and Macke, Andreas and Holzer-Popp, Thomas (2008) Observation of shallow convective clouds generated by solar heating of dark smoke plume. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 8, pp. 2833-2840. ISSN 1680-7316.

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The SEVIRI instrument on the Meteosat Second Generation satellite with both fine spatial and temporal resolution allows to detect and follow the dynamics of fast developing meteorological events like spreading smoke plumes and the lifecycles of convective clouds. Smoke plumes 5 have the ability to change the atmospheric heat content due to absorption and reduced reflection of solar radiation. By these means they can trigger formation of shallow convective clouds at their edge. A heavy smoke plume emerging from burning Lebanese oil tanks and spreading over adjacent deserts on 17 July 2006 has been observed as an example of such an effect. This study suggests a physical explanation of the observed convection along the edge of the smoke 10 plume, namely the strong thermal contrast resulting from solar heating of the smoke layer.

Document Type:Article
Title:Observation of shallow convective clouds generated by solar heating of dark smoke plume
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Klüser, LarsUniversität Augsburg
Rosenfeld, DanielHebrew University of Jerusalem
Macke, AndreasLeibniz-Institut für Meeresforschung
Holzer-Popp, Thomasthomas.holzer-popp@dlr.de
Date:29 May 2008
Journal or Publication Title:Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
Refereed publication:Yes
In Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 2833-2840
Keywords:Aerosol cloud interaction, indirect effect, climate forcing
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Datenprodukte für Klima- und Atmosphärenanwendungen (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center
Deposited By: Dr.rer.nat. Thomas Holzer-Popp
Deposited On:08 Dec 2008
Last Modified:23 Apr 2013 09:03

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