Observations of marine stratocumulus clouds during FIRE

B. A. Albrecht, D. A. Randall, S. Nicholls

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During June and July 1987, a major collaborative experiment took place off the coast of California to study the extensive fields of stratocumulus clouds that are a persistent feature of subtropical marine boundary layers. Overall, the operational goals of the experiment were satisfied and preliminary results look very encouraging. The data collected should provide the observational base needed to increase our understanding of how stratocumulus clouds are generated, maintained, and dissipated, and thus provide for better parameterizations in large-scale numerical models and improved methods for retrieving cloud properties by satellite. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)618-626
Number of pages9
JournalBulletin - American Meteorological Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

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