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Assessing the impact of the Kuroshio Current on vertical cloud structure using CloudSat data

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Title: Assessing the impact of the Kuroshio Current on vertical cloud structure using CloudSat data
Authors: Yamauchi, Akira / Kawamoto, Kazuaki / Manda, Atsuyoshi / Li, Jiming
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2018
Publisher: Copernicus GmbH
Citation: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18(10), pp.7657-7667; 2018
Abstract: This study analyzed CloudSat satellite data to determine how the warm ocean Kuroshio Current affects the vertical structure of clouds. Rainfall intensity around the middle troposphere (6 km in height) over the Kuroshio was greater than that over surrounding areas. The drizzle clouds over the Kuroshio have a higher frequency of occurrence of geometrically thin (0.5-3 km) clouds and thicker (7-10 km) clouds compared to those around the Kuroshio. Moreover, the frequency of occurrence of precipitating clouds with a geometric thickness of 7 to 10 km increased over the Kuroshio. Stronger updrafts over the Kuroshio maintain large droplets higher in the upper part of the cloud layer, and the maximum radar reflectivity within a cloud layer in non-precipitating and drizzle clouds over the Kuroshio is higher than that around the Kuroshio.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/38371
ISSN: 16807316
DOI: 10.5194/acp-18-7657-2018
Rights: © 2018 Author(s). This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Type: Journal Article
Text Version: publisher
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Citable URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10069/38371

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