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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 2913–2928, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-2913-2018

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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 2913–2928, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-2913-2018
Research article
01 Mar 2018
Research article | 01 Mar 2018

An overview of the diurnal cycle of the atmospheric boundary layer during the West African monsoon season: results from the 2016 observational campaign

Norbert Kalthoff et al.

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Extended low-level stratus clouds (LLC) form frequently in southern West Africa during the night-time and persist long into the next day. They affect the radiation budget, atmospheric boundary-layer (BL) evolution and regional climate. The relevant processes governing their formation and dissolution are not fully understood. Thus, a field campaign was conducted in summer 2016, which provided a comprehensive data set for process studies, specifically of interactions between LLC and BL conditions.
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