Remember Me
Or use your Academic/Social account:


Or use your Academic/Social account:


You have just completed your registration at OpenAire.

Before you can login to the site, you will need to activate your account. An e-mail will be sent to you with the proper instructions.


Please note that this site is currently undergoing Beta testing.
Any new content you create is not guaranteed to be present to the final version of the site upon release.

Thank you for your patience,
OpenAire Dev Team.

Close This Message


Verify Password:
Verify E-mail:
*All Fields Are Required.
Please Verify You Are Human:
fbtwitterlinkedinvimeoflicker grey 14rssslideshare1
Publisher: Co-Action Publishing
Journal: Tellus A
Languages: English
Types: Article
With the exception of a few numerical modeling studies (e.g. Oliver et al., 1978), investigations of the stratocumulus-topped planetary boundary layer have evolved from Lilly’s (1968) mixed-layer approach (e.g. Schubert, 1976; Deardorff, 1976; Kraus and Schaller, 1978; Schubert et al., 1979a,b). In a discussion of the stability of these cloud decks, Lilly (1968) introduced the concept of moist convective instability, which occurs when very dry air is entrained into the cloud’s top, and becomes negatively buoyant (with respect to the cloud) while becoming saturated. Lilly asserted that this would happen when the difference across the cloud top of moist static energy is negative; Le., when hc > hu, where subscripts “c” and “u” refer to the cloud and upper (clear) air respectively. (Lilly (1968) actually discussed the problem in terms of wet bulb potential temperature, which is equivalent to moist static energy for purposes of this discussion.)DOI: 10.1111/j.2153-3490.1981.tb01736.x
  • The results below are discovered through our pilot algorithms. Let us know how we are doing!

    • Deardorff, J. W. 1976. On the entrainment rate of a stratocumulus-topped mixed layer. Quart. J. Roy. Met. SOC.102,563-582.
    • Deardorff, J . W. 1980. Cloud top entrainment instability. J.Atmos. Sci. 37, 131-147.
    • Kraus, H. and Schaller, E. 1978. Steady-state characteristics of inversions capping a well-mixed PBL. Boundary-Layer Met. 14,83-104.
    • Lilly, D. K. 1968. Models of cloud-topped mixed layers under a strong inversion. Quart. J. Roy. Met. SOC9.4, 292-309.
    • Oliver, D. A., Lewellen, W. S. and Williamson, G. G. 1978. The interaction between turbulent and radiative transport in the development of fog and lowlevel stratus. J. Atmos. Sci. 35,301-3 16.
    • Randall, D. A. 1980. Conditional instability of the first kind upside-down.J.Atmos. Sci. 37, 125-130.
    • Schubert, W. H. 1976. Experiments with Lilly's cloudtopped mixed layer model. J. Atmos. Sci. 33, 436- 446.
    • Schubert, W. H., Wakefield, J. S., Steiner, E. J. and Cox, S . K. 1979a. Marine stratocumulus convection. Part I: Governing equations and horizontally homogenous solutions. J. Atmos. Sci. 36, 1286- 1307.
    • Schubert, W. H., Wakefield, J. S., Steiner, E. J. and Cox, S. K. 1979b. Marine stratocumulus convection. part 11: Horizontally inhomogenous solutions. J . Atmos. Sci. 36, 1308-1324.
  • No related research data.
  • No similar publications.

Share - Bookmark

Cite this article

Collected from