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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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Observational Strategies from the Micro- to Mesoscale

Observational Strategies from the Micro- to Mesoscale

21 (p.487) Observational Strategies from the Micro- to Mesoscale
Clouds in the Perturbed Climate System

Jean-Louis Brenguier

Robert Wood

The MIT Press

This chapter describes the micro- and mesoscale observational strategies to reduce critical uncertainties in understanding cloud perturbations. The two generic classes of micro- to mesoscale observational strategies, the Eulerian column closure and the Lagrangian cloud system evolution approaches, are described using examples of low-level cloud studies. The chapter also emphasizes the need for better connection between meso- and microscale processes and large-scale information, and the need for consistent multidisciplinary and multiplatform approaches.

Keywords:   cloud perturbations, microscale, mesoscale, observational strategies, Eulerian column closure, cloud system evolution

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