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Mesoscale spatio-temporal variability of airborne lidar-derived aerosol properties in the Barbados region during EUREC4A

Abstract : From 23 January to 13 February 2020, twenty ATR-42 scientific flights were conducted in the framework of the EUREC4A field campaign over the tropical Atlantic, off the coast of Barbados (-58°30' W 13°30'N). By means of a side-pointing lidar, these flights allowed to retrieve the optical properties of the aerosols found in the sub-cloud layer and below the trade winds inversion. Two distinct periods with significant aerosol contents were identified in 20 relationship with the so-called trade wind and tropical regimes, respectively. A very strong spatial heterogeneity of the aerosol field has been highlighted at the airborne measurements scale of a few tens of kilometres. This heterogeneity, difficult to capture using spaceborne instruments, can be related to the highly variable relative humidity field and the fractional cloud cover encountered during all the flights.
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Patrick Chazette, Alexandre Baron, Cyrille Flamant. Mesoscale spatio-temporal variability of airborne lidar-derived aerosol properties in the Barbados region during EUREC4A. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, European Geosciences Union, 2021, pp.(under review). ⟨10.5194/acp-2021-706⟩. ⟨insu-03338710⟩

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