Collaborative Research: Physics of Stratocumulus Top (POST)

Affiliation(s)PIProject periodFunded by
DAS Hudson, James G 01/01/2008 - 12/31/2010 National Science Foundation

Project Description

Stratocumulus clouds (Sc) off the west coast of California are studied using a combination of aircraft measurements and modeling. The objective is to improve the understanding of the physical processes that occur near Sc top, and that influence the entrainment process and boundary-layer evolution. The processes include wind shear, entrainment rate, CTEI (cloud-top entrainment instability), solar and infrared radiation, hydrometeor and CCN (cloud condensation nuclei) effects, and the formation and role played by the EIL (entrainment interface layer).