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AMT | Articles | Volume 11, issue 10
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 5461–5470, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-5461-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Special issue: New observations and related modelling studies of the aerosol–cloud–climate...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 5461–5470, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-5461-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 05 Oct 2018

Research article | 05 Oct 2018

First fully diurnal fog and low cloud satellite detection reveals life cycle in the Namib

Hendrik Andersen and Jan Cermak

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Fog and low clouds (FLCs) are a valuable source of water for many ecosystems in the Namib. This study presents the first fully diurnal satellite detection of FLCs, revealing the spatial and temporal patterns in the Namib. A validation is conducted against station measurements in the central Namib and shows a high overall accuracy. The average timing and persistence of FLCs seem to depend on the distance to the coast, suggesting that the region is dominated by advection-driven FLCs.
Fog and low clouds (FLCs) are a valuable source of water for many ecosystems in the Namib. This...
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