Articles | Volume 16, issue 9
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 5793–5809, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-5793-2016

Special issue: ML-CIRRUS – the airborne experiment on natural cirrus...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 5793–5809, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-5793-2016

Research article 12 May 2016

Research article | 12 May 2016

The origin of midlatitude ice clouds and the resulting influence on their microphysical properties

Anna E. Luebke et al.

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In this study, we present observational evidence to show that two distinct types of cirrus clouds exist – in situ origin and liquid origin cirrus. These two types differ by their formation mechanism and other properties. Airborne, in-cloud measurements of cloud ice water content (IWC), ice crystal concentration (Nice), and ice crystal size from the 2014 ML-CIRRUS campaign provide cloud samples that have been divided and analyzed according to their origin type.
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