cloud optical thickness

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DOI: 10.3369/tethys.2017.14.01

pp.: 3 - 9


We studied the seasonal evolution of clouds in four climatic regions within the Iberian Peninsula during the 2000-2012 period by using satellite data from CERES and MODIS instruments. We analysed cloud cover, cloud optical thickness, cloud-top temperature, and long- and shortwave radiative effect on top of the atmosphere for these four climatic regions. Cloud cover is larger in the north (regions 1 and 4) than in the south (regions 2 and 3) and shows a seasonal behaviour with summer minima for all regions. The maximum cover is found in region 1, with a mean yearly value of 61%.

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Partially funded through grants CGL2007-29820-E/CLI, CGL2008-02804-E/, CGL2009-07417-E and CGL2011-14046-E of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation

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