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MST radar and polarization lindar observations of tropical cirrus

By Y. Bhavani Kumar, V. Siva Kumar, A. R. Jain and P. B. Rao

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Abstract. Significant gaps in our understanding of global cirrus effects on the climate system involve the role of frequently occurring tropical cirrus. Much of the cirrus in the atmosphere is largely due to frequent cumulus and convective activity in the tropics. In the Indian sub-tropical region, the deep convective activity is very prominent from April to December, which is a favorable period for the formation of deep cumulus clouds. The fibrous anvils of these clouds, laden with ice crystals, are one of the source mechanisms for much of the cirrus in the atmosphere. In the present study, several passages of tropical cirrus were investigated by simultaneously operating MST radar and a co-located polarization lidar at the National MST Radar Facility (NMRF), Gadanki (13.45 ◦ N, 79.18 ◦ E), India to understand its structure

Year: 2000
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