Impact of Clouds on Broadband Radiation Profiles in the Summer Arctic Measured by a Tethered Balloon During MOSAiC: First Results Conference Proceeding uri icon



  • <p>Arctic boundary layer clouds play an important role in the Arctic amplification due to their impact on the radiative energy budget, e. g., local cooling at cloud top which strongly affects boundary-layer dynamics. High resolution in-situ data characterizing the irradiance profile in clouds over the Arctic sea ice are rare due to the accessibility of this region, the challenges posed by icing and the limited resolution of airborne measurements.</p><p>The tethered balloon system BELUGA (Balloon-bornE moduLar Utility for profilinG the lower Atmosphere) was deployed from the ice camp of the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of the Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) in July 2020. BELUGA consists of a 90 m³ helium-filled tethered balloon with maximum flight altitude of 1500 m and an adaptable scientific payload to characterize radiation, cloud, aerosol and turbulence properties which was specifically developed for Arctic tethered balloon operations.</p><p>Here a first analysis of vertical profiles of upwards and downwards solar and terrestrial irradiances in cloudy and cloud-free conditions is presented. Profiles of radiative heating were calculated and compared for different cloud covers. The case studies were evaluated by radiative transfer simulations  to quantify the impact of different cloud and atmospheric properties on the heating rate profiles. In combination with surface-based measurements, the cloud radiative forcing in the summer Arctic was assessed.</p>

publication date

  • March 3, 2021

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  • June 3, 2021 10:01 AM

Full Author List

  • Lonardi M; Pilz C; Egerer U; Ehrlich A; Shupe MD; Siebert H; Wendisch M

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  • 7

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