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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 5645–5658, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-5645-2015
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 5645–5658, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-5645-2015

Research article 22 May 2015

Research article | 22 May 2015

Precipitation effects of giant cloud condensation nuclei artificially introduced into stratocumulus clouds

E. Jung et al.

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To study the effect of giant cloud condensation nuclei (GCCN) on precipitation processes in stratocumulus clouds, 1-10 µm diameter salt particles were released from an aircraft while flying near the cloud top off the central coast of California. The analyses suggest that GCCN result in a four-fold increase in the cloud base rainfall rate and depletion of the cloud water due to rainout.
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