Articles | Volume 22, issue 2
Research article
18 Jan 2022
Research article |  | 18 Jan 2022

Long-term characterisation of the vertical structure of the Saharan Air Layer over the Canary Islands using lidar and radiosonde profiles: implications for radiative and cloud processes over the subtropical Atlantic Ocean

África Barreto, Emilio Cuevas, Rosa D. García, Judit Carrillo, Joseph M. Prospero, Luka Ilić, Sara Basart, Alberto J. Berjón, Carlos L. Marrero, Yballa Hernández, Juan José Bustos, Slobodan Ničković, and Margarita Yela


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on acp-2021-508', Anonymous Referee #1, 20 Aug 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', África Barreto, 22 Oct 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on acp-2021-508', Anonymous Referee #2, 30 Aug 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', África Barreto, 22 Oct 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by África Barreto on behalf of the Authors (07 Nov 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (12 Nov 2021) by Stelios Kazadzis
AR by África Barreto on behalf of the Authors (15 Nov 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
In this study, we categorise the different patterns of dust transport over the subtropical North Atlantic and for the first time robustly describe the dust vertical distribution in the Saharan Air Layer (SAL) over this region. Our results revealed the important role that both dust and water vapour play in the radiative balance in summer and winter and confirm the role of the SAL in the formation of mid-level clouds as a result of the activation of heterogeneous ice nucleation processes.
Final-revised paper