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ACP | Articles | Volume 20, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 3415–3438, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-3415-2020
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Special issue: New observations and related modelling studies of the aerosol–cloud–climate...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 3415–3438, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-3415-2020
© Author(s) 2020. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 24 Mar 2020

Research article | 24 Mar 2020

Synoptic-scale controls of fog and low-cloud variability in the Namib Desert

Hendrik Andersen et al.

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Fog and low clouds (FLCs) are an essential but poorly understood element of Namib regional climate. Here, a satellite-based data set of FLCs in central Namib, reanalysis data, and back trajectories are used to systematically analyze conditions when FLCs occur. Synoptic-scale mechanisms are identified that influence the formation of FLCs and the onshore advection of marine boundary-layer air masses. The findings lead to a new conceptual model of mechanisms that drive FLC variability in the Namib.
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