Articles | Volume 20, issue 3
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 1317–1340, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-1317-2020

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

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 1317–1340, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-1317-2020

Research article 05 Feb 2020

Research article | 05 Feb 2020

Diurnal cycle of the semi-direct effect from a persistent absorbing aerosol layer over marine stratocumulus in large-eddy simulations

Ross J. Herbert et al.

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Marine stratocumulus clouds cover large regions of the ocean and act to cool the climate. We use high-resolution simulations to understand how observed layers of elevated smoke impact stratocumulus via the solar heating that occurs within the smoke layer. We find that the cloud response is strongest for thin, dense layers of smoke close to the cloud. The response rapidly weakens as the cloud-to-smoke gap increases. Generally, the smoke acts to thicken clouds and enhance their cooling effect.
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