Articles | Volume 16, issue 17
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 11395–11413, 2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 11395–11413, 2016
Research article
14 Sep 2016
Research article | 14 Sep 2016

Precipitation susceptibility in marine stratocumulus and shallow cumulus from airborne measurements

Eunsil Jung et al.

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We calculate the qualitative behavior of precipitation response to aerosol loadings with cloud depths for warm boundary layer clouds (stratocumulus and shallow marine cumulus), using aircraft measurements across four field campaigns. The finding shows that precipitation responds similarly to aerosol loadings for both stratocumulus and cumulus clouds, regardless of cloud type. Precipitation is most susceptible to aerosol perturbations in the medium–deep depth of clouds.
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