Articles | Volume 16, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 3463–3483, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-3463-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 3463–3483, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-3463-2016
Research article
16 Mar 2016
Research article | 16 Mar 2016

A microphysics guide to cirrus clouds – Part 1: Cirrus types

Martina Krämer et al.

Related authors

Investigating the radiative effect of Arctic cirrus measured in situ during the winter 2015–2016
Andreas Marsing, Ralf Meerkötter, Romy Heller, Stefan Kaufmann, Tina Jurkat-Witschas, Martina Krämer, Christian Rolf, and Christiane Voigt
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 23, 587–609, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-23-587-2023,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-23-587-2023, 2023
Short summary
Investigating an indirect aviation effect on mid-latitude cirrus clouds – linking lidar derived optical properties to in-situ measurements
Silke Groß, Tina Jurkat-Witschas, Qiang Li, Martin Wirth, Benedikt Urbanek, Martina Krämer, Ralf Weigel, and Christiane Voigt
Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2022-721,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2022-721, 2022
Preprint under review for ACP
Short summary
Characteristics of supersaturation in mid-latitude cirrus clouds and their adjacent cloud-free air
Georgios Dekoutsidis, Silke Groß, Martin Wirth, Martina Krämer, and Christian Rolf
Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2022-717,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2022-717, 2022
Preprint under review for ACP
Short summary
Sensitivity of convectively driven tropical tropopause cirrus to ice habit
Fayçal Lamraoui, Martina Krämer, Armin Afchine, Adam B. Sokol, Sergey Khaykin, Apoorva Pandey, and Zhiming Kuang
Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2022-670,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2022-670, 2022
Revised manuscript under review for ACP
Short summary
Upper tropospheric slightly ice-subsaturated regions: Frequency of occurrence and statistical evidence for the appearance of contrail cirrus
Yun Li, Christoph Mahnke, Susanne Rohs, Ulrich Bundke, Nicole Spelten, Georgios Dekoutsidis, Silke Groß, Christiane Voigt, Ulrich Schumann, Andreas Petzold, and Martina Krämer
Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2022-632,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2022-632, 2022
Revised manuscript accepted for ACP
Short summary

Related subject area

Subject: Clouds and Precipitation | Research Activity: Field Measurements | Altitude Range: Troposphere | Science Focus: Physics (physical properties and processes)
Examination of aerosol indirect effects during cirrus cloud evolution
Flor Vanessa Maciel, Minghui Diao, and Ryan Patnaude
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 23, 1103–1129, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-23-1103-2023,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-23-1103-2023, 2023
Short summary
In situ microphysics observations of intense pyroconvection from a large wildfire
David E. Kingsmill, Jeffrey R. French, and Neil P. Lareau
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 23, 1–21, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-23-1-2023,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-23-1-2023, 2023
Short summary
Conditions favorable for secondary ice production in Arctic mixed-phase clouds
Julie Thérèse Pasquier, Jan Henneberger, Fabiola Ramelli, Annika Lauber, Robert Oscar David, Jörg Wieder, Tim Carlsen, Rosa Gierens, Marion Maturilli, and Ulrike Lohmann
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 15579–15601, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-15579-2022,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-15579-2022, 2022
Short summary
Interaction between cloud–radiation, atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics based on observational data from GoAmazon 2014/15 and a cloud-resolving model
Layrson J. M. Gonçalves, Simone M. S. C. Coelho, Paulo Y. Kubota, and Dayana C. Souza
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 15509–15526, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-15509-2022,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-15509-2022, 2022
Short summary
Snowfall in Northern Finland derives mostly from ice clouds
Claudia Mignani, Lukas Zimmermann, Rigel Kivi, Alexis Berne, and Franz Conen
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 13551–13568, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-13551-2022,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-13551-2022, 2022
Short summary

Cited articles

Archuleta, C. M., DeMott, P. J., and Kreidenweis, S. M.: Ice nucleation by surrogates for atmospheric mineral dust and mineral dust/sulfate particles at cirrus temperatures, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5, 2617–2634, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-5-2617-2005, 2005.
Baumgardner, D., Jonsson, H., Dawson, W., O'Connor, D., and Newton, R.: The cloud, aerosol and precipitation spectrometer (CAPS): a new instrument for cloud investigations, Atmos. Res., 59–60, 251–264, 2001.
Boucher, O., Randall, D., Artaxo, P., Bretherton, C., Feingold, G., Forster, P., Kerminen, V.-M., Kondo, Y., Liao, H., Lohmann, U., Rasch, P., Satheesh, S., Sherwood, S., Stevens, B., and Zhang, X.: Clouds and Aerosols, in: Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, Contribution of Working Group I to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, edited by: Stocker, T. F., Qin, D., Plattner, G.-K., Tignor, M., Allen, S. K., Boschung, J., Nauels, A., Xia, Y., Bex, V., and Midgley, P. M., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA, 2013.
Buchholz, B., Kühnreich, B., Smit, H. G. J., and Ebert, V.: Validation of an extractive, airborne, compact TDL spectrometer for atmospheric humidity sensing by blind intercomparison, Appl. Phys. B – Lasers O., 110, 249–262, 2013.
Bunz, H., Benz, S., Gensch, I., and Krämer, M.: MAID: a model to simulate UT/LS aerosols and ice clouds, Environ. Res. Lett., 3, 035001, https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/3/3/035001, 2008.
Short summary
A guide to cirrus clouds is compiled from extensive model simulations and aircraft observations. Two types of cirrus are found: rather thin in situ cirrus that form directly as ice and thicker liquid origin cirrus consisting of uplifted frozen liquid drops. Over Europe, thinner in situ and liquid origin cirrus occur often together with frontal systems, while over the US and the Tropics, thick liquid origin cirrus formed in large convective systems are detected more frequently.
Altmetrics
Final-revised paper
Preprint