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Cold cloud microphysical process rates in a global chemistry–climate model

Bacer, Sara; Sullivan, Sylvia C.; Sourdeval, Odran; Tost, Holger; Lelieveld, Jos; Pozzer, Andrea

Microphysical processes in cold clouds which act as sources or sinks of hydrometeors below 0 degrees C control the ice crystal number concentrations (ICNCs) and in turn the cloud radiative effects. Estimating the relative importance of the cold cloud microphysical process rates is of fundamental importance to underpin the development of cloud parameterizations for weather, atmospheric chemistry, and climate models and to compare the output with observations at different temporal resolutions. This study quantifies and investigates the ICNC rates of cold cloud microphysical processes by means of the chemistry-climate model EMAC (ECHAM/MESSy Atmospheric Chemistry) and defines the hierarchy of sources and sinks of ice crystals. Both microphysical process rates, such as ice nucleation, aggregation, and secondary ice production, and unphysical correction terms are presented. Model ICNCs are also compared against a satellite climatology. We found that model ICNCs are in overall agreement with satellite observations in terms of spatial distribution, although the values are overestimated, especially around high mountains. The analysis of ice crystal rates is carried out both at global and at regional scales. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000130968
Veröffentlicht am 25.03.2021
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung (IMK)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsdatum 04.02.2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1680-7324
KITopen-ID: 1000130968
Erschienen in Atmospheric chemistry and physics
Verlag European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Band 21
Heft 3
Seiten 1485–1505
Nachgewiesen in Web of Science
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