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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-14-12573-2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-14-12573-2014
Research article
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28 Nov 2014
Research article |  | 28 Nov 2014

The thermodynamic structure of summer Arctic stratocumulus and the dynamic coupling to the surface

G. Sotiropoulou, J. Sedlar, M. Tjernström, M. D. Shupe, I. M. Brooks, and P. O. G. Persson

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During ASCOS, clouds are more frequently decoupled from the surface than coupled to it; when coupling occurs it is primary driven by the cloud. Decoupled clouds have a bimodal structure; they are either weakly or strongly decoupled from the surface; the enhancement of the decoupling is possibly due to sublimation of precipitation. Stable clouds (no cloud-driven mixing) are also observed; those are optically thin, often single-phase liquid, with no or negligible precipitation (e.g. fog).
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