Articles | Volume 21, issue 6
Research article
25 Mar 2021
Research article |  | 25 Mar 2021

Impact of the variability in vertical separation between biomass burning aerosols and marine stratocumulus on cloud microphysical properties over the Southeast Atlantic

Siddhant Gupta, Greg M. McFarquhar, Joseph R. O'Brien, David J. Delene, Michael R. Poellot, Amie Dobracki, James R. Podolske, Jens Redemann, Samuel E. LeBlanc, Michal Segal-Rozenhaimer, and Kristina Pistone

Data sets

Suite of Aerosol, Cloud, and Related Data Acquired Aboard P3 During ORACLES 2016, Version 2 ORACLES Science Team

Model code and software

Airborne Data Processing and Analysis Software Package (Version 3981) David J. Delene A. Skow, J. O'Brien, N. Gapp, S. Wagner, K. Hibert, K. Sand, and G. Sova

University of Illinois/Oklahoma Optical Array Probe (OAP) Processing Software G. M. McFarquhar, J. A. Finlon, D. M. Stechman, W. Wu, R. C. Jackson, and M. Freer

Short summary
Observations from the 2016 NASA ObseRvations of Aerosols above CLouds and their intEractionS (ORACLES) field campaign examine how biomass burning aerosols from southern Africa affect marine stratocumulus cloud decks over the Southeast Atlantic. Instances of contact and separation between aerosols and clouds are examined to quantify the impact of aerosol mixing into cloud top on cloud drop numbers and sizes. This information is needed for improving Earth system models and satellite retrievals.
Final-revised paper