Convective Steady State in Shallow Cloud Fields

Tom Dror, Ilan Koren, Huan Liu, Orit Altaratz

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Shallow cloud fields exhibit different patterns, such as closed or open hexagonal cells and cloud streets. These patterns play a key role in determining the cloud fields' radiative effects, thereby affecting the climate. Here, we show that a large subset of shallow cloud fields forms organized, mesoscale-sized, regular patterns that persist for extended times. It emanates from the steady state of the underlying rigid configuration of convection cells. From a climate perspective, in a sea of cloud complexity, the convective steady-state provides an "island of simplicity."The convective steady state can be parametrized in climate models to better capture the feedback of such cloud fields in a warming climate.

Original languageEnglish
Article number134201
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - 29 Sep 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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