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Evidence of atmospheric brown clouds over India during the 2009 drought year

Rahul, PRC and Bhawar, RL and Salvekar, PS and Devara, PCS and Jiang, JH (2012) Evidence of atmospheric brown clouds over India during the 2009 drought year. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 5 (1). pp. 236-241.

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Using Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) satellite derived vertical profiles (Total Attenuated Backscatter at 532 nm, Depolarization Ratios at 532 nm, Vertical Feature Mask, monthly mean vertical aerosol and extinction variability), monthly precipitation anomalies from National Centers for Environmental Prediction-Climate Prediction Center (NCEP-CPC) and NCEP wind anomalies; we report the presence of Atmospheric Brown Clouds (ABCs) over India (65°E-95°E;8° N-35°N) during the summer monsoon of 2009. CALIPSO data revealed the persistent presence of a massive aerosol plume till 4 Km above sea level; this plume persisted for over 7 months (March through September 2009) over India and was loaded with anthropogenic aerosols like sulphates, black carbon products from biomass burning and fossil fuel combustion. The CALIPSO vertical profiles, NCEP-CPC monthly precipitation anomalies and NCEP monthly wind anomalies corroborate the presence of aerosol plume.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Aerosol plume; Anthropogenic aerosols; Biomass-burning; Black carbon; CALIPSO; Cloud-aerosol lidar and infrared pathfinder satellite observations; Depolarization ratio; Fossil fuel combustion; Precipitation anomalies; Sulphates; Summer monsoon; Vertical profile; Wind anomalies, Aerosols; Atmospheric aerosols; Climatology; Clouds; Data fusion; Fossil fuels; Fuels; Greenhouse gases; Optical radar; Satellites, Precipitation (meteorology), aerosol; black carbon; CALIPSO; cloud; drought; greenhouse gas; precipitation (climatology); summer; vertical profile; wind, India
Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology
Depositing User: IITM Library
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2013 12:37
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2013 12:37

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