Articles | Volume 19, issue 7
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 4383–4392, 2019

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

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 4383–4392, 2019

Research article 04 Apr 2019

Research article | 04 Apr 2019

Spatiotemporal dynamics of fog and low clouds in the Namib unveiled with ground- and space-based observations

Hendrik Andersen et al.

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Fog and low clouds (FLCs) are an essential but poorly understood component of Namib-region climate. This study uses observations from multiple satellite platforms and ground-based measurements to coherently characterize Namib-region FLC patterns. Findings concerning the seasonal cycle of the vertical structure and the diurnal cycle of FLCs lead to a new conceptual model of the spatiotemporal dynamics of FLCs in the Namib and help to improve the understanding of underlying processes.
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