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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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Cloud-controlling Factors

Cloud-controlling Factors

Low Clouds

Chapter:
8 (p.173) Cloud-controlling Factors
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Clouds in the Perturbed Climate System
Author(s):

Bjorn Stevens

Jean-Louis Brenguier

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012874.003.0008

This chapter investigates the environmental factors that control the cloudiness of low clouds such as stratus, cumulus, and stratocumulus clouds. Some of these factors include seasonal variations in lower tropospheric stability, surface wind speeds, free tropospheric humidity, and divergence of the horizontal wind.

Keywords:   cloudiness, low clouds, stratus, cumulus, stratocumulus, tropospheric stability, wind speeds, tropospheric humidity, horizontal wind

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