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The BALTEX Bridge Campaign: an integrated approach for a better understanding of clouds

Crewell, S. and Bloemink, H. and Feijt, A. and Gimeno-Garcia, Sebastian and Jolivet, D. and Krasnow, O.A. and Lammeren van, A. and Löhnert, Ulrich and Meijgaard van, E. and Meywerk, Jens and Quante, M. and Pfeilsticker, K. and Schmidt, Sebastian and Scholl, T. and Simmer, C. and Schroeder, Manfred and Trautmann, Thomas and Venema, Victor and Wendisch, Manfred and Willen, U. (2004) The BALTEX Bridge Campaign: an integrated approach for a better understanding of clouds. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 85, pp. 1565-1584.

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Abstract

Clouds affect our daily life in many ways. They dominate our perception of weather and, thus, have an enormous influence on our everyday activities and our health. This fact is completely at odds with our knowledge about clouds, their representation in climate and weather forecast models, and our ability to predict clouds. It is their high variability in time and space that makes clouds both hard to monitor and to model. Clouds are the major concern in the climate modeling community, as stated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC; information available online at www.ipcc.ch) “the most urgent scientific problems requiring attention to determine the rate and magnitude of climate change and sea level rise are the factors controlling the distribution of clouds and their radiative characteristics.” A similar conclusion was obtained within the Atmospheric Model Intercomparison Project (AMIP; e.g., Gates et al. 1999). The great challenge of climate research is to correctly account for the fact that the global state of our climate system is largely driven by various small-scale processes and their interaction with each other. Clouds are the most visible examples of this situation. On a global scale, clouds have a strong cooling effect on our climate: more solar radiation is reflected back to space than thermal surface radiation is trapped in the atmosphere. However, because radiation reacts on the instantaneous cloudy atmosphere and not on some climatological mean, the physical processes leading to the overall radiative effect strongly depend on the spatial distribution and structure of clouds.

Document Type:Article
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=2004,
Title:The BALTEX Bridge Campaign: an integrated approach for a better understanding of clouds
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Crewell, S.UNSPECIFIED
Bloemink, H.UNSPECIFIED
Feijt, A.UNSPECIFIED
Gimeno-Garcia, SebastianUniv. Leipzig
Jolivet, D.UNSPECIFIED
Krasnow, O.A.UNSPECIFIED
Lammeren van, A.UNSPECIFIED
Löhnert, UlrichUNSPECIFIED
Meijgaard van, E.UNSPECIFIED
Meywerk, JensUNSPECIFIED
Quante, M.UNSPECIFIED
Pfeilsticker, K.UNSPECIFIED
Schmidt, SebastianUNSPECIFIED
Scholl, T.UNSPECIFIED
Simmer, C.UNSPECIFIED
Schroeder, ManfredUNSPECIFIED
Trautmann, ThomasUNSPECIFIED
Venema, VictorUNSPECIFIED
Wendisch, ManfredUNSPECIFIED
Willen, U.UNSPECIFIED
Date:2004
Journal or Publication Title:Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:85
Page Range:pp. 1565-1584
Status:Published
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):UNSPECIFIED
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Remote Sensing Technology Institute
Deposited By: Cornelia Roehl
Deposited On:09 May 2006
Last Modified:07 Apr 2010 10:21

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