Articles | Volume 16, issue 2
Research article
27 Jan 2016
Research article |  | 27 Jan 2016

Observations of high droplet number concentrations in Southern Ocean boundary layer clouds

T. Chubb, Y. Huang, J. Jensen, T. Campos, S. Siems, and M. Manton


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Short summary
The remote Southern Ocean is known to be one of the most pristine environments on the planet, but we found that cloud droplet and aerosol concentrations during one research flight in June 2009 were higher than expected. We were unable to attribute this to continental aerosol sources, and we hypothesize that strong winds resulted in local aerosol production in the form of sea salt. This has several consequences for climate modelling and cloud physics research.
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