Probing the Fog Life Cycles in the Namib Desert

Spirig, Robert and Vogt, Roland and Larsen, Jarl Are and Feigenwinter, Christian and Wicki, Andreas and Franceschi, Joel and Parlow, Eberhard and Adler, Bianca and Kalthoff, Norbert and Cermak, Jan and Andersen, Hendrik and Fuchs, Julia and Bott, Andreas and Hacker, Maike and Wagner, Niklas and Maggs-Kölling, Gillian and Wassenaar, Theo and Seely, Mary. (2019) Probing the Fog Life Cycles in the Namib Desert. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 100 (12). pp. 2491-2507.

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An intensive observation period was conducted in September 2017 in the central Namib, Namibia, as part of the project Namib Fog Life Cycle Analysis (NaFoLiCA). The purpose of the field campaign was to investigate the spatial and temporal patterns of the coastal fog that occurs regularly during nighttime and morning hours. The fog is often linked to advection of a marine stratus that intercepts with the terrain up to 100 km inland. Meteorological data, including cloud base height, fog deposition, liquid water path, and vertical profiles of wind speed/direction and temperature, were measured continuously during the campaign. Additionally, profiles of temperature and relative humidity were sampled during five selected nights with stratus/fog at both coastal and inland sites using tethered balloon soundings, drone profiling, and radiosondes. This paper presents an overview of the scientific goals of the field campaign; describes the experimental setup, the measurements carried out, and the meteorological conditions during the intensive observation period; and presents first results with a focus on a single fog event.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Umweltwissenschaften > Meteorologie (Parlow)
UniBasel Contributors:Spirig, Robert and Vogt, Roland and Wicki, Andreas and Feigenwinter, Christian and Franceschi, Joel and Parlow, Eberhard
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:American Meteorological Society
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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