Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences
A detailed derivation of stratocumulus cloud thickness and liquid water path tendencies as a function of the well-mixed boundary layer mass, heat, and moisture budget equations is presented. The derivation corrects an error in the cloud thickness tendency equation derived by R. Wood to make it consistent with the liquid water path tendency equation derived by J. J. van der Dussen et al. The validity of the tendency equations is then tested against the output of large-eddy simulations of a typical stratocumulus-topped boundary layer case and is found to be in good agreement.
Ghonima, Mohamed S.; Norris, Joel R.; Heus, Thijs; and Kleissl, Jan, "Reconciling and Validating the Cloud Thickness and Liquid Water Path Tendencies" (2015). Physics Faculty Publications. 226.
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