Shallow Clouds, Water Vapor, Circulation, and Climate Sensitivity

  • Robert Pincus
  • David Winker
  • Sandrine Bony
  • Bjorn Stevens

Part of the Space Sciences Series of ISSI book series (SSSI, volume 65)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Allison A. Wing, Kerry Emanuel, Christopher E. Holloway, Caroline Muller
    Pages 1-25
  3. Christopher E. Holloway, Allison A. Wing, Sandrine Bony, Caroline Muller, Hirohiko Masunaga, Tristan S. L’Ecuyer et al.
    Pages 27-64
  4. Matthew D. Lebsock, Tristan S. L’Ecuyer, Robert Pincus
    Pages 65-82
  5. Louise Nuijens, Kerry Emanuel, Hirohiko Masunaga, Tristan L’Ecuyer
    Pages 85-110
  6. Paquita Zuidema, Giuseppe Torri, Caroline Muller, Arunchandra Chandra
    Pages 111-133
  7. Stephen A. Klein, Alex Hall, Joel R. Norris, Robert Pincus
    Pages 135-157
  8. Jessica Vial, Sandrine Bony, Bjorn Stevens, Raphaela Vogel
    Pages 159-181
  9. Brian Mapes, Arunchandra S. Chandra, Zhiming Kuang, Paquita Zuidema
    Pages 183-197
  10. Bjorn Stevens, Hélène Brogniez, Christoph Kiemle, Jean-Lionel Lacour, Cyril Crevoisier, Johannes Kiliani
    Pages 199-225
  11. Robert Pincus, Anton Beljaars, Stefan A. Buehler, Gottfried Kirchengast, Florian Ladstaedter, Jeffrey S. Whitaker
    Pages 227-251
  12. Christoph Kiemle, Silke Groß, Martin Wirth, Luca Bugliaro
    Pages 253-271
  13. Amin R. Nehrir, Christoph Kiemle, Mathew D. Lebsock, Gottfried Kirchengast, Stefan A. Buehler, Ulrich Löhnert et al.
    Pages 273-310
  14. David Winker, Helene Chepfer, Vincent Noel, Xia Cai
    Pages 311-336
  15. Gilles Bellon, Oliver Reitebuch, Ann Kristin Naumann
    Pages 337-356
  16. Sandrine Bony, Bjorn Stevens, Felix Ament, Sebastien Bigorre, Patrick Chazette, Susanne Crewell et al.
    Pages 357-396

About this book


This volume presents a series of overview articles arising from a workshop exploring the links among shallow clouds, water vapor, circulation, and climate sensitivity. It provides a state-of-the art synthesis of understanding about the coupling of clouds and water vapor to the large-scale circulation. The emphasis is on two phenomena, namely the self-aggregation of deep convection and interactions between low clouds and the large-scale environment, with direct links to the sensitivity of climate to radiative perturbations. Each subject is approached using simulations, observations, and synthesizing theory; particular attention is paid to opportunities offered by new remote-sensing technologies, some still prospective. The collection provides a thorough grounding in topics representing one of the World Climate Research Program’s Grand Challenges.

Previously published in Surveys in Geophysics, Volume 38, Issue 6, 2017

The articles “Observing Convective Aggregation”, “An Observational View of Relationships Between Moisture Aggregation, Cloud, and Radiative Heating Profiles”, “Implications of Warm Rain in Shallow Cumulus and Congestus Clouds for Large-Scale Circulations”, “A Survey of Precipitation-Induced Atmospheric Cold Pools over Oceans and Their Interactions with the Larger-Scale Environment”, “Low-Cloud Feedbacks from Cloud-Controlling Factors: A Review”, “Mechanisms and Model Diversity of Trade-Wind Shallow Cumulus Cloud Feedbacks: A Review”, “Structure and Dynamical Influence of Water Vapor in the Lower Tropical Troposphere”, “Emerging Technologies and Synergies for Airborne and Space-Based Measurements of Water Vapor Profiles”, “Observational Constraints on Cloud Feedbacks: The Role of Active Satellite Sensors”, and “EUREC4A: A Field Campaign to Elucidate the Couplings Between Clouds, Convection and Circulation” are available as open access articles under a CC BY 4.0 license at


Clouds, circulation and climate sensitivity Clouds and large-scale circulation Water vapor Atmospheric circulation Convection and atmospheric science Remote sensing and clouds Cloud feedbacks Aggregation and meteorology ISSI workshop

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Pincus
    • 1
  • David Winker
    • 2
  • Sandrine Bony
    • 3
  • Bjorn Stevens
    • 4
  1. 1.Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental SciencesUniversity of Colorado Boulder BoulderUSA
  2. 2.Atmospheric SciencesNASA Langley Research Center Atmospheric SciencesHAMPTONUSA
  3. 3.Institute Pierre Simon LaplaceLaboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique ParisFrance
  4. 4.Max Planck Institute for Meteorology HamburgGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information This is a U.S. Government work and not under copyright protection in the US; foreign copyright protection may apply 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-77272-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-77273-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1385-7525
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