Reconciling and validating the cloud thickness and liquid water path tendencies proposed by R. Wood and J. J. van der Dussen et al

TitleReconciling and validating the cloud thickness and liquid water path tendencies proposed by R. Wood and J. J. van der Dussen et al
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsGhonima M.S, Norris J.R, Heus T., Kleissl J.
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Volume72
Pagination2033-2040
Date Published2015/05
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0022-4928
Accession NumberWOS:000353840100019
Keywordsnocturnal marine stratocumulus
Abstract

A detailed derivation of stratocumulus cloud thickness and liquid water path tendencies as a function of the well-mixed boundary layer mass, heat, and moisture budget equations is presented. The derivation corrects an error in the cloud thickness tendency equation derived by R. Wood to make it consistent with the liquid water path tendency equation derived by J. J. van der Dussen et al. The validity of the tendency equations is then tested against the output of large-eddy simulations of a typical stratocumulus-topped boundary layer case and is found to be in good agreement.

DOI10.1175/jas-d-14-0287.1
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