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Volume 17, issue 24
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 15095–15119, 2017
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Characterizing energy budget variability at a Sahelian site: a test of NWP model behaviour

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We compare the balance of solar and thermal radiation at the surface and the top of the atmosphere from a forecasting model to observations at a site in Niamey, Niger, in the Sahel. To interpret the energy budgets we examine other factors, such as cloud properties, water vapour and aerosols, which we use to understand the differences between the observation and model. We find that some differences are linked to lack of ice in clouds, underestimated aerosol loading and surface temperatures.
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