Articles | Volume 17, issue 8
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 5477–5500, 2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 5477–5500, 2017
Research article
28 Apr 2017
Research article | 28 Apr 2017

Effects of 3-D thermal radiation on the development of a shallow cumulus cloud field

Carolin Klinger et al.

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Radiation is driving weather and climate. Yet, the effect of radiation on clouds is not fully understood and often only poorly represented in models. Better understanding and better parameterizations of the radiation–cloud interaction are therefore essential. Using our newly developed fast neighboring column approximation for 3-D thermal heating and cooling rates, we show that thermal radiation changes cloud circulation and causes organization and a deepening of the clouds.
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