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Research article
25 Sep 2015
Research article |  | 25 Sep 2015

The role of ice nuclei recycling in the maintenance of cloud ice in Arctic mixed-phase stratocumulus

A. Solomon, G. Feingold, and M. D. Shupe


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The maintenance of cloud ice production in Arctic mixed-phase stratocumulus is investigated in large eddy simulations that include a prognostic ice nuclei (IN) formulation and a diurnal cycle. It is demonstrated that IN recycling through subcloud sublimation prolongs ice production. Competing feedbacks between dynamical mixing and recycling are found to slow the rate of ice lost. The results of this study have important implications for the maintenance of phase partitioning in Arctic clouds.
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