Articles | Volume 16, issue 4
Research article
03 Mar 2016
Research article |  | 03 Mar 2016

Understanding cirrus ice crystal number variability for different heterogeneous ice nucleation spectra

Sylvia C. Sullivan, Ricardo Morales Betancourt, Donifan Barahona, and Athanasios Nenes


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Short summary
We use the adjoint model of a cirrus parameterization to quantify sources of crystal variability for various ice-nucleating spectra and output from CAM5. The sensitivities can be directly linked to nucleation regime and efficiency of various INP. The lab-based spectrum calculates much higher INP efficiencies than field-based ones, owing to aerosol surface properties. The sensitivity to temperature tends to be low, due to the compensating effects of temperature on INP spectrum parameters.
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