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Cloud-top entrainment instability


Stevens,  B.
The Atmosphere in the Earth System, MPI for Meteorology, Max Planck Society;

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Stevens, B. (2010). Cloud-top entrainment instability. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 660, 1-4. doi:10.1017/S0022112010003575.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0011-F6E6-3
Mixing processes at cloud boundaries are thought to play a critical role in determining cloud lifetime, spatial extent and cloud microphysical structure. High-fidelity direct numerical simulations by Mellado (J. Fluid Mech., 2010, this issue, vol. 660, pp. 5-36) show, for the first time, the character and potency of a curious instability that may arise as a result of molecular mixing processes at cloud boundaries, an instability which until now has been thought by many to control the distribution of climatologically important cloud regimes. © 2010 Cambridge University Press.