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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 11709–11727, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-11709-2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 11709–11727, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-11709-2018

Research article 17 Aug 2018

Research article | 17 Aug 2018

Cloud vertical structure over a tropical station obtained using long-term high-resolution radiosonde measurements

Nelli Narendra Reddy et al.

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Cloud vertical structure affects large-scale atmosphere circulation by altering gradients in total diabatic heating and cooling and latent heat release. Detailed cloud vertical structure in all seasons, including diurnal variation over the Indian region, is made for the first time. The detected cloud layers are verified with independent observations using cloud particle sensor sonde. Heating and cooling in the troposphere and lower stratosphere due to these cloud layers are also investigated.
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