Articles | Volume 16, issue 4
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 2611–2629, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-2611-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 2611–2629, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-2611-2016

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 et al.

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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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