Radiative Heating Rates Computed With Clouds Derived From Satellite-Based Passive and Active Sensors and their Effects on Generation of Available Potential Energy

Abstract: Radiative heating rates computed with cloud properties derived from passive and active sensors are investigated. Zonal monthly radiative heating rate anomalies computed using both active and passive sensors show that larger variability in longwave cooling exists near the tropical tropopause and near the top of the boundary layer between ~50°N to ~50°S. Aerosol variability contributes to increases in shortwave heating rate variability. When zonal monthly mean cloud effects on the radiative hea…

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