Surface-based remote sensing of the observed and the adiabatic liquid water content of stratocumulus clouds

Bruce A Albrecht, C. W. Fairall, D. W. Thomson, A. B. White, J. B. Snider, W. H. Schubert

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Abstract

A laser ceilometer, an acoustic sounder, and a microwave radiometer were used to estimate cloud thickness and the adiabatic and integrated liquid water content of shallow stratocumulus clouds continuously for three days using two-minute averages. Although the observed liquid water path was close to the theoretical adiabatic value for most of the three days, there was one four-hour period when the liquid water content dropped to about 50% of the adiabatic value. Hourly-averaged values for a 19-day period of intensive observations show that the cloud water content was generally close to the adiabatic value. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-92
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume17
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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Albrecht, B. A., Fairall, C. W., Thomson, D. W., White, A. B., Snider, J. B., & Schubert, W. H. (1990). Surface-based remote sensing of the observed and the adiabatic liquid water content of stratocumulus clouds. Geophysical Research Letters, 17(1), 89-92.

Surface-based remote sensing of the observed and the adiabatic liquid water content of stratocumulus clouds. / Albrecht, Bruce A; Fairall, C. W.; Thomson, D. W.; White, A. B.; Snider, J. B.; Schubert, W. H.

In: Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 17, No. 1, 1990, p. 89-92.

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Albrecht, BA, Fairall, CW, Thomson, DW, White, AB, Snider, JB & Schubert, WH 1990, 'Surface-based remote sensing of the observed and the adiabatic liquid water content of stratocumulus clouds', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 89-92.
Albrecht BA, Fairall CW, Thomson DW, White AB, Snider JB, Schubert WH. Surface-based remote sensing of the observed and the adiabatic liquid water content of stratocumulus clouds. Geophysical Research Letters. 1990;17(1):89-92.
Albrecht, Bruce A ; Fairall, C. W. ; Thomson, D. W. ; White, A. B. ; Snider, J. B. ; Schubert, W. H. / Surface-based remote sensing of the observed and the adiabatic liquid water content of stratocumulus clouds. In: Geophysical Research Letters. 1990 ; Vol. 17, No. 1. pp. 89-92.
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