Articles | Volume 16, issue 15
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 9711–9725, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-9711-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 9711–9725, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-9711-2016

Research article 02 Aug 2016

Research article | 02 Aug 2016

Physics of Stratocumulus Top (POST): turbulence characteristics

Imai Jen-La Plante et al.

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AR by Szymon Malinowski on behalf of the Authors (19 Apr 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (03 May 2016) by Patrick Chuang
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (06 May 2016) by Patrick Chuang
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (16 May 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (18 May 2016)
ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (Editor review) (05 Jun 2016) by Patrick Chuang
AR by Svenja Lange on behalf of the Authors (15 Jun 2016)  Author's response
ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (Editor review) (08 Jul 2016) by Patrick Chuang
AR by Szymon Malinowski on behalf of the Authors (11 Jul 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (Editor review) (15 Jul 2016) by Patrick Chuang
AR by Szymon Malinowski on behalf of the Authors (15 Jul 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (15 Jul 2016) by Patrick Chuang
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Short summary
Using airborne data from of Physics of Stratocumulus Top campaign we analysed turbulence at the interface between free troposphere and cloud top. We found turbulence in temperature inversion capping cloud as well as in adjacent cloud top layer very anisotropic. Eddies are elongated horizontally by wind shear and flattened by static stability. These properties of turbulence at the cloud top were overlooked so far, which explains problems with understanding of entrainment at stratocumulus top.
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