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Clouds in the Perturbed Climate SystemTheir Relationship to Energy Balance, Atmospheric Dynamics, and Precipitation$
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Jost Heintzenberg and Robert J. Charlson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012874

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012874.001.0001

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Large-scale Controls on Cloudiness

Large-scale Controls on Cloudiness

Chapter:
10 (p.217) Large-scale Controls on Cloudiness
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Clouds in the Perturbed Climate System
Author(s):

Christopher S. Bretherton

Dennis L. Hartmann

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012874.003.0010

This chapter discusses aspects of cloud climatology and large-scale forcings on cloudiness. It examines the radiative feedbacks of clouds on large-scale circulation and the associated surface temperature gradients. The Peters–Bretherton model is used to represent radiative feedbacks attributable to both deep convective and low boundary layer clouds.

Keywords:   cloud climatology, forcings, cloudiness, radiative feedbacks, Peters–Bretherton model, deep convective clouds, low boundary layer

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