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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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.
|Title:||The BALTEX Bridge Campaign: an integrated approach for a better understanding of clouds|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society|
|In ISI Web of Science:||Yes|
|Page Range:||pp. 1565-1584|
|HGF - Research field:||Aeronautics, Space and Transport|
|HGF - Program:||Space|
|HGF - Program Themes:||W EO - Erdbeobachtung|
|DLR - Research area:||Space|
|DLR - Program:||W EO - Erdbeobachtung|
|DLR - Research theme (Project):||UNSPECIFIED|
|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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