Articles | Volume 18, issue 19
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 14253–14269, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-14253-2018

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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 14253–14269, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-14253-2018

Research article 09 Oct 2018

Research article | 09 Oct 2018

The role of droplet sedimentation in the evolution of low-level clouds over southern West Africa

Christopher Dearden et al.

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We perform computer simulations of the life cycle of low-lying clouds over southern West Africa during the monsoon season. Such clouds tend not to produce much precipitation, but they do affect the regional climate by modifying the amount of sunlight reaching the surface. The aim of this work is to understand the factors that influence the growth and break-up of these clouds. We show that the number of water droplets contained within the clouds affects how quickly they dissipate.
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