An assessment of diurnal and seasonal cloud cover changes over the Hawaiian Islands using Terra and Aqua MODIS

Authors: 

Barnes, M.L., Miura, T., & Giambelluca, T.W.

Publication source: 
Journal of Climate
Year: 
2016
Publication image: 
January, April, July, and October clear sky frequency
Publication summary: 

Knowledge of cloud cover frequency is essential for climate studies because large-scale cloud cover changes and associated feedback on the surface energy budget could amplify or reduce the warming effects of atmospheric greenhouse gases. In this study, we developed a comprehensive understanding of the spatial, seasonal, and diurnal patterns in cloud cover frequency over the Hawaiian Islands using remotely sensed satellite data. The monthly time series produced in this study is the first high-spatial resolution cloud cover dataset in Hawaii.

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