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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-13833-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-13833-2015
Research article
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16 Dec 2015
Research article |  | 16 Dec 2015

Long-term trend analysis and climatology of tropical cirrus clouds using 16 years of lidar data set over Southern India

A. K. Pandit, H. S. Gadhavi, M. Venkat Ratnam, K. Raghunath, S. V. B. Rao, and A. Jayaraman

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We present the longest (1998 to 2013) cirrus cloud climatology over a tropical station using a ground-based lidar. A statistically significant increase is found in the altitude of sub-visible cirrus clouds. Also a systematic shift from thin to sub-visible cirrus cloud type is observed. Ground-based lidar is found to detect more number of sub-visible cirrus clouds than space-based lidar. These findings have implications to global warming and stratosphere-troposphere water vapour exchange studies.
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