Articles | Volume 19, issue 17
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 11613–11634, 2019

Special issue: New observations and related modelling studies of the aerosol–cloud–climate...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 11613–11634, 2019

Research article 13 Sep 2019

Research article | 13 Sep 2019

Satellite inference of water vapour and above-cloud aerosol combined effect on radiative budget and cloud-top processes in the southeastern Atlantic Ocean

Lucia T. Deaconu et al.


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AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (25 Jul 2019)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (25 Jul 2019) by Paquita Zuidema
AR by Lucia Timea Deaconu on behalf of the Authors (12 Aug 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (13 Aug 2019) by Paquita Zuidema
Short summary
We analyse and quantify the effect of above-cloud aerosol (AAC) loading on the underlying cloud properties in the South Atlantic Ocean. We use a synergy of remote sensing retrievals collocated with ERA-Interim meteorological profiles. The results show that for larger loads of AACs, clouds are optically thicker, with an increase in liquid water path by 20 g m−2 and lower cloud-top altitudes. We also observe a strong covariation between the aerosol plume and the presence of water vapour.
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