Articles | Volume 18, issue 13
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 9723–9739, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-9723-2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 9723–9739, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-9723-2018

Research article 10 Jul 2018

Research article | 10 Jul 2018

An analysis of the cloud environment over the Ross Sea and Ross Ice Shelf using CloudSat/CALIPSO satellite observations: the importance of synoptic forcing

Ben Jolly et al.

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Clouds in the Ross Sea and Ross Ice Shelf regions are examined using a combination of satellite observations from the CloudSat and CALIPSO satellite datasets. We show that previous studies may have included an artefact at high altitudes which under-estimated cloud occurrence. We also find that the meteorological regime is a stronger control of cloud occurrence, cloud type and cloud top than season over this region, though season is a strong control on the phase of cloud.
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