South Florida's Cloud-Aerosol-Rain Observatory: CAROb

The radiative impact of low clouds on climate is substantial, yet our understanding of basic low-cloud processes remains uncertain. This challenges predictions of the low-cloud response to global warming, further complicated if aerosol is also considered. Fundamental unanswered questions include: how do shallow clouds respond to aerosols? how do low clouds interact with the rest of the earth's water cycle? how will low-cloud amount and properties change as the climate warms? South Florida is unique in the US for its location within the trade-winds, and is exposed every year to Saharan dust. South Florida's Cloud-Aerosol-Rain Observatory, located 6 km offshore of the Miami FL mainland, is dedicated to improving our understanding of low cloud behavior and cloud-aerosol interactions through routine, frequent, and multi-year measurements. CAROb is coming into operation during 2011-2012.



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latest 3-hr radar loop*
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CAROb is NSF-funded. Principal Investigator and Contact Paquita Zuidema pzuidema@rsmas.miami.edu,Co-Investigators Bruce Albrecht, Ken Voss (Physics) and Joe Prospero
*courtesy of Brian McNoldy