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Jakob et al. 2005

Jakob, C., G. Tselioudis, and T. Hume, 2005: The radiative, cloud, and thermodynamic properties of the major tropical Western Pacific cloud regimes. J. Climate, 8, 1203-1215, doi:10.1175/JCLI3326.1.

This study investigates the radiative, cloud, and thermodynamic characteristics of the atmosphere separated into objectively defined cloud regimes in the tropical western Pacific (TWP). A cluster analysis is applied to 2 yr of daytime-only data from the International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) to identify four major cloud regimes in the TWP region. A variety of data collected at the Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program (ARM) site on Manus Island is then used to identify the main characteristics of the regimes. Those include surface and top-of-the-atmosphere radiative fluxes and cloud properties derived from a suite of ground-based active remote sensors, as well as the temperature and water vapor distribution measured from radiosondes.

The major cloud regimes identified in the TWP area are two suppressed regimes — one dominated by the occurrence of mostly shallow clouds, the other by thin cirrus — as well as two convectively active regimes — one exhibiting a large coverage of optically thin cirrus clouds, the other characterized by a large coverage with optically thick clouds. All four of these TWP cloud regimes are shown to exist with varying frequency of occurrence at the ARM site at Manus. It is further shown that the detailed data available at that site can be used to characterize the radiative, cloud, and thermodynamic properties of each of the regimes, demonstrating the potential of the regime separation to facilitate the extrapolation of observations at one location to larger scales. A variety of other potential applications of the regime separation are discussed.

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BibTeX Citation

@article{ja07000g,
  author={Jakob, C. and Tselioudis, G. and Hume, T.},
  title={The radiative, cloud, and thermodynamic properties of the major tropical Western Pacific cloud regimes},
  year={2005},
  journal={J. Climate},
  volume={8},
  pages={1203--1215},
  doi={10.1175/JCLI3326.1},
}

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RIS Citation

TY  - JOUR
ID  - ja07000g
AU  - Jakob, C.
AU  - Tselioudis, G.
AU  - Hume, T.
PY  - 2005
TI  - The radiative, cloud, and thermodynamic properties of the major tropical Western Pacific cloud regimes
JA  - J. Climate
VL  - 8
SP  - 1203
EP  - 1215
DO  - 10.1175/JCLI3326.1
ER  -

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