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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Cited articles

Barahona, D.: On the ice nucleation spectrum, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 3733–3752,, 2012.
Barahona, D. and Nenes, A.: Parameterization of cirrus cloud formation in large-scale models: Homogeneous nucleation, J. Geophys. Res., 113, D11211,, 2008.
Barahona, D. and Nenes, A.: Parameterizing the competition between homogeneous and heterogeneous freezing in cirrus cloud formation – monodisperse ice nuclei, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 369–381,, 2009a.
Barahona, D. and Nenes, A.: Parameterizing the competition between homogeneous and heterogeneous freezing in ice cloud formation – polydisperse ice nuclei, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 5933–5948,, 2009b.
Barahona, D. and Nenes, A.: Dynamical states of low temperature cirrus, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 3757–3771,, 2011.
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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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