Articles | Volume 15, issue 13
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 7351–7367, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-7351-2015
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 7351–7367, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-7351-2015
Research article
08 Jul 2015
Research article | 08 Jul 2015

On the reversibility of transitions between closed and open cellular convection

G. Feingold et al.

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Most research on the relationship between aerosol and closed/open cell transitions tends to focus on the closed to open transition. Here we address the two-way transition between closed and open cellular states using a cloud resolving model. We find inherent asymmetry in the transitions and explain the source of the asymmetry. Results are supported by a dynamical system analogue to the full system.
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