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Nobuo Sugimoto, Tomoaki Nishizawa, Xingang Liu, Ichiro Matsui, Atsushi Shimizu, Yuanhang Zhang, Young J. Kim, Ruhao Li, and Jun Liu

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Continuous lidar observation was performed in Guangzhou, China, in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) observation campaign in July 2006 (PRD2006), using a two-wavelength Mie-scattering lidar (532 and 1064 nm) with a depolarization measurement channel at 532 nm. The profiles of the extinction coefficients at 532 nm were derived using the two-wavelength method. The planetary boundary layer (PBL) height and the cloud-base height were derived from the signals at 1064 nm. Two air pollution episodes occurred during the campaign, one on 10–12 July and the other on 22–24 July. Two events with a typhoon-driven flow of northern air occurred on 15 and 25 July. Elevated aerosol layers were observed at 1 km above ground level on 12 July and on 22 and 23 July. This layer was also observed by the lidar aboard the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite (CALIPSO) at 0200 LT 23 July 2006 near Guangzhou. The distribution observed by CALIPSO and trajectory analysis revealed that the layer was probably generated within the PRD region. The time–height indication of the ground-based lidar suggested that aerosols in the elevated layer were transported to the ground by convection when the PBL height reached the elevated layer. The surface concentration of elemental carbon also exhibited a corresponding increase. The air pollution index at Guangzhou, Shaoguan, Changsha, and other cities indicated temporal variations, implying the regional transport of air pollution in the typhoon episodes. Trajectory analysis indicated that an air mass from the north arrived after 24 July in the air pollution episode of 22–25 July 2006.

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Kazuaki Yasunaga, Kunio Yoneyama, Hisayuki Kubota, Hajime Okamoto, Atsushi Shimizu, Hiroshi Kumagai, Masaki Katsumata, Nobuo Sugimoto, and Ichiro Matsui

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In this study, cloud profiling radar and lidar were used to determine the frequency distribution of the base heights of cloudy layers with little (or no) falling condensate particles. The data were obtained from stationary observations conducted from Research Vessel Mirai over the tropical western Pacific (around 1.85°N, 138°E) from 9 November to 9 December 2001. The observed cloudy layers had base heights predominantly in the range of 4.5–6.5 km. Almost all cloudy layers with a base in the range of 4.5–6.5 km had thickness thinner than 500 m, and the frequency peak of the base heights of measured cloudy layers is considered to represent the common occurrence of midlevel thin clouds.

Midlevel thin clouds were frequently observed even during the active phase of the Madden–Julian oscillation (MJO). Composite analysis of radiosonde-derived relative humidity and temperature lapse rate indicates that the midlevel thin cloud in the MJO active period is generated via melting within the stratiform cloud, rather than by detrainment of surface-based convection.

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John H. Seinfeld, Gregory R. Carmichael, Richard Arimoto, William C. Conant, Frederick J. Brechtel, Timothy S. Bates, Thomas A. Cahill, Antony D. Clarke, Sarah J. Doherty, Piotr J. Flatau, Barry J. Huebert, Jiyoung Kim, Krzysztof M. Markowicz, Patricia K. Quinn, Lynn M. Russell, Philip B. Russell, Atsushi Shimizu, Yohei Shinozuka, Chul H. Song, Youhua Tang, Itsushi Uno, Andrew M. Vogelmann, Rodney J. Weber, Jung-Hun Woo, and Xiao Y. Zhang

Although continental-scale plumes of Asian dust and pollution reduce the amount of solar radiation reaching the earth's surface and perturb the chemistry of the atmosphere, our ability to quantify these effects has been limited by a lack of critical observations, particularly of layers above the surface. Comprehensive surface, airborne, shipboard, and satellite measurements of Asian aerosol chemical composition, size, optical properties, and radiative impacts were performed during the Asian Pacific Regional Aerosol Characterization Experiment (ACE-Asia) study. Measurements within a massive Chinese dust storm at numerous widely spaced sampling locations revealed the highly complex structure of the atmosphere, in which layers of dust, urban pollution, and biomass- burning smoke may be transported long distances as distinct entities or mixed together. The data allow a first-time assessment of the regional climatic and atmospheric chemical effects of a continental-scale mixture of dust and pollution. Our results show that radiative flux reductions during such episodes are sufficient to cause regional climate change.

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