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Volume 8, issue 11
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 4573–4585, 2015
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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 4573–4585, 2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 02 Nov 2015

Research article | 02 Nov 2015

Explaining darker deep convective clouds over the western Pacific than over tropical continental convective regions

B.-J. Sohn et al.

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This study attempted to explain why deep convective clouds (DCCs) over the western Pacific are generally darker than those found over tropical African and South American land regions over the tropics. It was noted that smaller ice water path of the DCC over the western Pacific is mainly responsible for smaller reflectivity there. Findings further suggest how DCC criteria are set up for selecting the targets for the solar channel calibration.
This study attempted to explain why deep convective clouds (DCCs) over the western Pacific are...