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The Dependence of Deep Cloud Mass Flux and Area Cover on Convective and Large-Scale Processes

Bhat, GS (1998) The Dependence of Deep Cloud Mass Flux and Area Cover on Convective and Large-Scale Processes. In: Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 55 (18). pp. 2993-2999.

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A framework has been developed that brings together the important physical parameters and processes governing the vertical mass flux in deep convective clouds and their area cover. The main result is a simple relation for the cloud mass flux and area fraction in terms of the large-scale radiative cooling, environmental stratification, and the extent of lateral entrainment of the ambient air by the convective systems. It is shown that the contribution of the moist processes to the total vertical mass Aux in deep clouds can become comparable to that of the large-scale radiative component, and thus the neglect of these subsynoptic-scale precesses can severely underestimate the convective activity. Further, it is argued that the consideration of moist processes is not merely a question of the inclusion of a correction factor in the relationship, but the uncertainty that needs to be overcome before meaningful predictions of deep cloud area cover can be achieved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Publisher: American Meteorological Society
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to American Meteorological Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2004
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2012 05:48
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/1407

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