Thursday, September 20, 2012

Descending Cirrus - our findings published

Have you heard of Cirrus cloud descending .........?

  • What is it ......?
  • Is it a frequent phenomenon .....?
  • Does it have seasonal dependence ....?
  • Where does it occur ......?
  • Why do cirrus descend .....?
  • What is it's impact .......?
We have discovered the phenomenon using 3 years of lidar observations over Thiruvananthapuram, near southern tip of India that Cirrus clouds frequently DESCEND.....!

After analysing the data together with other observations and models, we have come up answers to the above questions. 

The observations and results are now accepted by the scientific community and it finds a place in the Journal of Geophysical Research - JGR (Atmosphere).


 Nair, A. K. M., K. Rajeev, M. K. Mishra, B. V. Thampi, and K. Parameswaran (2012), Multiyear lidar observations of the descending nature of tropical cirrus cloudsJ. Geophys. Res.117, D18201, doi:10.1029/2011JD017406.

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