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Clouds form preferentially over native vegetation

Lyons, T.J. (2002) Clouds form preferentially over native vegetation. In: iEMSs 2002: Integrated Assessment and Decision Support, 24 - 27 June, Lugano, Switzerland pp. 355-359.

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The replacement of native vegetation for agriculture leads to significant changes in land surface characteristics, such as albedo, surface roughness and canopy resistance. These land surface changes induce changes in the atmospheric boundary layer. It is shown that in Western Australia, this change in surface characteristics and in particular, the albedo, has reduced the occurrence of convective cloud formation through limiting the vertical development of the boundary layer.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental Science
Copyright: (c) iEMSs’2002
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