Parameterization of trade- cumulus cloud amounts.

B. A. Albrecht

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Abstract

A scheme for parameterizing the fractional cloud coverage of trade cumuli is developed which gives the cloud cover in terms of the cloud-layer relative humidity and the liquid water content of the convective elements. This parameterization gives good agreement with cloud observations obtained during the Atlantic Trade-Wind Experiment, 1969. The scheme was incorporated into a simple one-dimensional model of the thermodynamic structure of the trade-wind boundary layer in order to evaluate the dependence of cloud cover on sea surface temperature, surface wind speed, and radiative processes. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-105
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

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