ESSIC / CICS-MD post-doctoral associate Youtong Zheng was recently accepted for publication by the AGU Journal Geophysical Research Letters for his article, “Estimating the decoupling degree of subtropical marine stratocumulus decks from satellite”.
In the piece, Zheng introduces a new approach for estimating the “decoupling degree”– the difference between the stratocumulus cloud-base height and the lifting condensation level– of subtropical stratocumulus decks using passive satellite sensors. This method offers geophysical information crucial for the understanding of marine low clouds and their interactions with our climate system, improving the accuracy with which future climate change is projected.
Zheng works with AOSC-ESSIC professor Professor Zhanqing Li on his CICS task on satellite cloud-base height retrievals. This study recently received a grant from the Department of Energy, as covered in a recent ESSIC article.
To read the publication, click the following: “Estimating the decoupling degree of subtropical marine stratocumulus decks from satellite”.