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Observed slump of sea land breeze in Brisbane under the effect of aerosols from remote transport during 2019 Australian mega fire events
- Final revised paper (published on 12 Jan 2022)
- Preprint (discussion started on 04 Oct 2021)
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RC1: 'Comment on acp-2021-818', Anonymous Referee #1, 13 Oct 2021
- AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Chuanfeng Zhao, 16 Nov 2021
RC2: 'Comment on acp-2021-818', Anonymous Referee #2, 19 Oct 2021
- AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Chuanfeng Zhao, 16 Nov 2021
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AR by Chuanfeng Zhao on behalf of the Authors (16 Nov 2021)  Author's response Author's tracked changes Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (17 Nov 2021) by Jianping Huang
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (17 Nov 2021)
ED: Publish as is (06 Dec 2021) by Jianping Huang
This study reported a reduction of sea land breeze (SLB), especially land wind speed associated with the great forest fire in Australia in January 2020. The author attributed the reduction to reduced surface downwelling solar radiation caused by increased aerosols, which serve to cool land surface more than the ocean, thus reducing land-ocean temperature contrast and wind speed. The conclusions are drawn through analysis and comparison of multiple observational and reanalysis products. While this find is plausible, it seems that there lacks a direct link between solar radiation and SLB strength. There are also some other minor issues that need to be clarified.
All the conclusions are drawn based on the fact that surface downwelling solar radiation is directly linked to the SLB strength. However, there is no analysis of the change of surface downwelling solar radiation over both land and ocean, as well as the change of land-sea temperature contrast, during the fire episodes. These data should be available from surface sites, CERES satellite product, and reanalysis data, although the latter two are more uncertain. In any case, a direct investigation of surface solar radiation as well as temperature anomalies should help clarify the mechanism proposed.