Articles | Volume 16, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 691–701, 2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 691–701, 2016

Research article 21 Jan 2016

Research article | 21 Jan 2016

How large-scale subsidence affects stratocumulus transitions

J. J. van der Dussen et al.


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Short summary
A large-eddy simulation model is used to show that a weakening of the large-scale subsidence, which is associated with a future warmer climate, leads to a delay of the moment of break up of stratocumulus clouds during subtropical stratocumulus transitions. To understand what causes this delay, a novel analysis method is used to distil the contributions of individual physical processes to the evolution of the stratocumulus cloud thickness.
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